June 29, 2012
I have had a connection to Rainbows in so many ways throughout my life. As a first grader, I attended Rainbows programs that were held at my Catholic elementary school. I think one of the many great benefits that children experience, and that I remember, is a feeling of connection to other classmates as well as the development of relationships with adults whom you can trust and feel supported by during a time of great change occuring in the home. I also remember that the opportunity to talk about divorce and change in the groups made it easier to have those conversations with my parents, and I think it helped them to understand what I was experiencing. As an adult I became a professional therapist that works with children experiencing trauma and loss, it is evident to me that when there is a significant crisis or change, children need their community to respond and support them so that they and their families can adjust. Rainbows is a low cost program that schools can implement relatively easily to provide children with the critical help they need so that they can have a positive outcome to the changes and losses that they may experience. As an adult, a professional in the field, and an alum I am proud to support Rainbows and would suggest anyone who has experienced a loss in their family to utilize this resource.
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