A Child Learns to Cope with His Parents’ Divorce
By Jesus Valdespino, LBSW
Two years ago, Peter, 10, was placed at the Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home after his mother decided to seek a divorce from his dad. Peter was stuck in the middle of a bitter struggle and was confused about the situation that his parents were going through. His mother decided to take control of her life by going back to school to gain new skills that would help her find a good job.
The father also sought a life where he could see hope in his future. Both parents wanted visitation with Peter.
Once at the home, Peter began attending therapy sessions to help him cope with the trauma of his parents’ divorce. His mother attended one of his therapy sessions with him, which helped heal some deep wounds in their relationship. A joint meeting with both parents was held so that a visitation plan could be made and Peter could see both of his parents. After a several months, Peter’s mother called the social worker and said that he was relating very well to both of his parents. She wanted Peter to come home. His social worker agreed, “It’s time Peter returns home.” When Peter was released from the program, he was all smiles.
Peter filled out a survey about his experience with the program at the home. He had nothing but great things to say about how much the program helped him through a tough time. Three weeks after Peter left the Home, his mother visited to express her thanks to the Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home staff. She said Peter was doing extremely well in school and that he is able to frequently stay with his father during interval visits.
Using individualized therapy, family counseling, and a whole lot of love, the staff at Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home helped Peter and his parents through a challenging transition.