Monday, September 16, 2019

Goals of the S.M.I.L.E. program are:

  • To provide information to help parents better understand the effects of divorce and separation on their children.
  • To help parents understand the needs of their children.
  • To promote children’s healthy adjustment to divorce and separation.

The information that will be provided to you at the S.M.I.L.E. program presentation has been drawn from the experience of the developers of the S.M.I.L.E. program, and other professionals in the field of divorce and separation of families. Because each divorce and family situation is unique, readers are encouraged to consult other services available to separated parents and their children. These include psychological services, legal services, support groups, emergency services, court mediation services, conflict resolution and mediation agencies, and books or articles relating to making divorce and separation livable.

Each year over one million marriages end in divorce in the United States. When families separate, people feel alone and wonder how anyone else lived through it. S.M.I.L.E. will provide information about the effects of separation and what parents can do to make the separation livable.