Kids Helping Kids

Divorce in the United States has escalated at an alarming rate over the past 30 years. It is estimated that one out of every two marriages will end in divorce. More than one million children experience the divorce of their parents each year. While parents have a wide variety of choices for counseling and support as they go through the separation and divorce process, children in our region have not had the same access to counseling services that specialize in helping children through the trauma of divorce.

Children First Foundation has approved Kids Helping Kids providers in three Illinois counties:

Monica Moffet, Transitions Counseling Services

Monica Moffet, Transitions Counseling Services

Madison County: Transitions Counseling, 618-463-5927; Randolph County: Human Service Center, 618-443-3045; and St. Clair County: Sarah Colony, LCSW, 618-233-7197.

Small groups of same age children meet weekly with a licensed therapist. Children who are experiencing the divorce of their parents have many beliefs and thoughts about the changes that are occurring in their family. Kids Helping Kids groups help because family members learn new ways to cope and adjust. Having a place to talk about their feelings with peers who understand allows the child to feel that they are not alone and are understood.

Mack, certified therapy dog!

Kids help each other with the guidance of the therapist to better accept the changes. The groups offer art activities, books and games that make the group fun and promote involvement from all members.

Fees for service vary slightly between therapists, and most insurance plans are accepted. Call 618-398-9490 (regional number) to make an appointment with a Kids Helping Kids therapist. You can also call the counseling offices directly and inquire about Kids Helping Kids services.