Family Service Shares Update on 2018 WGC Grant

Family Service Shares Update on 2018 WGC Grant

The Women’s Giving Circle awarded Family Service, Inc. $5,000 grant in 2018 to help offset the cost of reconciliation services for 10 families who met the service criteria. The target population served through this grant were families who are court ordered to attend counseling which specifically focuses on developing co-parenting skills and improving parent child interaction to eliminate further utilization of the court system in solving domestic disputes.

One of this communities’ top initiatives is to improve the Developmental Assets for children within the community. Indiana is ranked 6th in the Nation for highest divorce rates and almost 13% of Bartholomew County’s population are divorced. With divorce comes conflict.  Research shows that about 40% of children who experience high conflict divorce suffer from behavior problems and other mental health issues. This program helps to reduce those risk by improving many the 40 core developmental assets. In addition, high divorce conflict leads to a high involvement of the court systems which in turn leads to increased public cost. By helping families to learn to manage their conflicts, we eliminate their need for continuous court involvement thus decreasing both the family and public financial burdens.

A total of 10 families consisting of 27 adults and 13 children have now utilized funding from this program.

  • 66% of parents/caregivers involved have improved their ability to coparent.
  • 4 of 10 families (40%) are no longer utilizing the court system to resolve their conflicts.
  • 10 out of 13 (76%) feel their parents/caregivers are more involved with them since beginning sessions and 21/27 (78%) adults report more involvement.
  • 10 out of 40 (40%) participants report that there are still some visitation issues.
  • 10 out of 13 (77%) of children have shown academic improvement.
  • 10 out of 13 children have significantly reduced behavior issues.

It is important to note that due to Covid-19 pandemic, E Learning and all the difficulties associated with it were not taken into account with these academic performance/ behavior performance numbers.