A Catholic Approach for Helping Children through Parental Separation or Divorce
Faith Journeys is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) foundation dedicated to supporting young people and young adults from separated or divorced families in their journey towards growth. Our model is the only one in the nation that is family-focused and written by a Roman Catholic child of divorce who is happily married and schooled in pastoral counseling.
Our model has been recognized by His Holiness Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus; Cardinal Donald Wuerl; Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien and other Catholic leaders. The text of our model has been published in Italian, Spanish, and French.
Our founder's latest book, When Parents Divorce or Separate: I Can Get Through This, received first place in the Family Life category of the 2014 Catholic Press Association book awards.
When Parents Divorce or Separate: I Can Get Through This (A Catholic Guide for Kids) has been endorsed by Cardinal Donald Wuerl and other Catholic leaders. It received first place in the Family Life category of the 2014 Catholic Press Association book awards. Formed by the truths of the Catholic faith and by what professionals in family counseling have found helpful, this guide is designed for children ages 8-12. It blends faith with interactive elements. Provides children with a safe space for coping, healing, and growing.
Developed in response to requests from those in pastoral care across the country, When Parents Divorce or Separate: Leader E-Guide provides a framework for guidance group sessions that facilitators can use to help children heal and move forward. Designed to accompany When Parents Divorce or Separate: I Can Get Through This, by Lynn Casella-Kapusinski, MS, LGPC, this leader e-guide makes planning a children’s support group easy with ready-made sessions, thoughtful advice, and extensive information.
The DVD, Understanding and Comforting Children of Separation and Divorce, by Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski, MS, LGPC, is a recording of our founder's talk in St Louis, MO for Catholic Divorce Ministry. Whether you are a parent, guardian, counselor, teacher, youth minister, or group facilitator, this resource will help you provide children with a safe space for coping, healing, and growing. Learn how to identify a child's emotional, mental, and spiritual responses amidst the changes brought about by divorce.
Now What Do I Do? A Guide to Help Teenagers with Their Parents' Separation or Divorce received second place in the Family Life category of the 2007 Catholic Press Association Book awards. It is written as a workbook to help middle schoolers and high schoolers vent some of their anger, fear and frustration over their parents’ breakup, whether it is recent or years in the past. Some of the activities are fun while others are more serious; some are designed to be done alone, others can be done with friends. A great book for adolescents.
Making Your Way After Your Parents Divorce takes an honest look at the effects that parental divorce can have in the life of an older teenager or young adult and the ways that they can move toward healing and forgiveness. Although aimed at older teenagers and young adults, this book is a valuable resource for counselors, ministers, religious educators, social workers, and divorced parents themselves. Ideal for both individual and group use. Foreword by the late Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C.
This booklet, When Parents Divorce, offers suggestions for validating grief, sharing feelings, maintaining perspective, and rebuilding relationships. Parental divorce tragically traumatizes children. Although attention is focused on younger children of divorce, teens and young adults often face more serious challenges than their younger counterparts. This is due to the fact they have a greater understanding of what has gone on in their family and are more fully aware that things will never be the same.