Parents with mental illness face a variety of challenges that exert a ripple effect upon everyday family life. One dramatic example: As many as 70 percent of parents with a mental illness lose custody of their children. Further, of those we serve, 100 percent are parents diagnosed with serious mental illness, ranging in age from 17 to 73. Sixty percent of their children, from birth to young adulthood, grapple with their own mental health challenges.
If that sounds like you or your life experience, we at Child & Family Connections know where you’re coming from—and we can help.
The staff and volunteers at Child & Family Connections share similar experiences with the people to whom they provide services. We train and employ people with “lived experience” to teach families real-world skills and strategies that promote individual and family resiliency.
We provide a safe and supportive environment, free of judgment, in which participants are part of a community of their peers. Participants can develop relationships with people they can trust so they know they are not alone. Our programs are free of charge and open to the public.
We Offer Two Key Programs:
SafeTogether teaches parents how to create a legally binding family plan that ensures a responsible adult is caring for the children in the home and that the parent is receiving effective and appropriate psychiatric care so the family can return to everyday functioning. Learn more »
Our weekly Parent Support Group for parents with a mental illness is the first of its kind in the United States. Host Elizabeth is an experienced and caring parent and behavioral health professional. She gently facilitates and guides the discussion in a healing and supportive direction with a people-first approach, centered on recovery. Learn more »