Family Forums are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, and are intended to be a time of education, constructive dialogue, and support. Occasionally, topics of particular interest may also be discussed during a lunch hour forum.
Children who witness domestic violence, or experience it directly, are at risk of developing serious mental and physical health issues. Some studies indicate that a boy who witnesses his mother being abuse is 10x more likely to abuse his future female partner. Similarly, girls who witness their father abusing their mother are at least 6x more likely to be sexually abused than girls who grow up in non-violent homes.
Before they reach adulthood, though, these youth are likely to demonstrate a range of behaviors that can be confusing, frustrating, and harmful to themselves and others. Young children may revert to younger behaviors, or be excessively fearful or guarded. Teens may begin to engage in risky behaviors or acting out.
Join us as we explore ways to parent children and youth who have been exposed to domestic violence. We’ll discuss parenting strategies, safeguards, and the type of supports to put into place for your child. We’ll also explore the potential for secondary stress that parents can experience while focusing on helping their children heal.
All Recommended families will receive an email inviting them to register for upcoming Forums. If you are Recommended and have not received an email invitation, please contact us at iap@fireflyIN.org. If you are not Recommended with Indiana Adoption Program, but have recently adopted or are in the process of finalizing an adoption and would like to participate, please email your request to your local adoption consultant.