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Father and son play with rockets
In his short life, Xavier * experienced so much trauma . His parents battled substance use disorders, which caused him and his siblings to be neglected. Child Protective Services became involved, and Xavier lived in several foster homes before moving in with his adoptive family at age 5. As a...
Looking at difficult times as a source of strength can help build resiliency.
At some point in our lives we all experience loss. It may be the end of a relationship, being let go from a job, losing a home, or the death of a loved one. Living through a pandemic comes with a lot of losses – upheavals to our routine, cancelled...
Take steps to protect your finances during times of financial uncertainty
Many times, clients decide to make an appointment with The Village Financial Resource Center after a financial shock, such as a job loss, a change in household size, or medical issue. During stressful times it is a good idea to talk things through with a non-biased third party that can...
Identifying toxic influences in our lives and creating boundaries is good for our mental and physical health.
Some people make us feel bad about ourselves. When we spend time with them, we might engage in destructive behaviors. They don't bring out the best in us. These people are toxic influences . According to Mental Health America , 84% of women and 75% of men report having had...
A birthmother and daughter reconnected through a letter
At a time when we are physically distanced from one another, Cindy Skauge , LBSW, helped bring together a daughter and her birthmother. Cindy works in Adoption Search and Disclosure for The Village Family Service Center and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota . She helps adopted adults, birth siblings,...