Families Change – Teen Guide to Separation and Divorce

Families Change

Families Change is a site from the Justice Education Society in British Columbia. It is a guide for teens to parental separation and divorce. Written on a teen level it deals with what is happening, changes, emotions, strategies, the law, and frequently asked questions. The website is also available in French.

Families Change explains why it exists:

Separation and divorce have a profound impact on all family members. Loss of security is often coupled with intense feelings of grief. The stress can be overwhelming for kids, teens and parents.

Within each section, various issues facing teens whose parents are separated or divorced are addressed including:

  • What
    • What’s Happening
    • Why It’s Happening
    • It’s Not Your Fault
  • Changes
    • What Might Change
    • What Won’t Change
    • Still Your Family
    • Getting On With Your Life
  • Emotions
    • How You Feel
    • Acting Out
    • Feeling Better
    • When To Get Help
  • Strategies
    • Rights and Responsibilities
    • Speak Up!
    • Caught in the Middle
    • Dealing With It
    • Abuse at Home
  • Law
    • Separation
    • Divorce
    • Decisions
    • Mediation
    • Court
    • Common-law Parents
    • Custody and Access
    • Key Words
  • Frequently Asked Questions

The site also includes links to various resources. Written for teens, this is a very thorough site packed full of good information and insights.

LINK TO RESOURCE: http://teens.familieschange.ca/

For more resources and information on divorce, family disruption and modern families please visit our Hope 4 Hurting Kids Divorce and Modern Family Help Center.
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Written by Wayne Stocks
Wayne is the founder and executive director of Hope 4 Hurting Kids. He is a happily married father of four kids with a passion for helping young people who are going through rough times. In addition to Hope 4 Hurting Kids, Wayne previously started I Am A Child of Divorce and Divorce Ministry 4 Kids to help kids who are dealing with the disruption of their parents' relationship. These are now part of Hope 4 Hurting Kids. Wayne speaks frequently at conferences and churches on issues related to helping kids learn to deal with difficult emotions and life in modern families. Wayne lives with his wife, three youngest kids, three dogs and an insane collection of his kids' other pets outside of Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his work with Hope 4 Hurting Kids, Wayne is a partner in a local consulting firm, an avid reader, coaches his son's soccer team and is a proud supporter of Leicester City Football Club (and yes, for those in know, his affinity for the club does predate the 2016 championship). You can reach Wayne at wayne@hope4hurtingkids.com.