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Abigail B.

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Review for Guardian House, San Antonio, TX, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

My husband and I have recently split up, and I had concerns about his mental state, which made me worry about his access to his daughter. One of the directors at the center is a personal friend. I had recently been to the center during a vacation to the US (I am British) as she was working over time (she is very dedicated) and managed to see some of the leaflets and posters aimed at the users. Therefore, when I had to decide what to do about my husband having contact with my daughter, and with help from the director I was more able to make a non-emotional decision in the best interests of my child. I feel that I was lucky to know somebody in this work area, otherwise contact arrangements might have got messy, more about what I wanted than what my child deserved. I know that similar institutions are present in the UK, and that they too are woefully underfunded. The work that goes on here is important, not just for the kids, but for their parents too. I know that workshops are carried out so that co-parenting is less fraught and I think that it would be useful to advertise these in the general population, as I feel that the help I received was equivalent to one of these workshops. Although it was evident that the work was hard, and poorly paid, all the staff were cheerful and helpful. I felt that the users were put at ease by their demeanor.

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My own life, albeit, unofficially.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Run more parenting and co-parenting workshops. Ensure that outreach was possible. Get better long term funding so that some of the energy is expended getting funding can be re-directed at the users.

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Role:  General Member of the Public & Visited and gained some advise.