Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 373-384

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Time out from Stress: Camp Program and Parenting Groups for Homeless Mothers

  • Kris KissmanAffiliated withDepartment of Social Work, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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This paper describes a camp program for homeless families and parenting groups aimed at discussing issues related to parenting while homeless. In groups and individual interviews, the women shared stories about multiple problems that negatively impacted parent/child relationships and their ability to maintain employment and residential stability. These problems included domestic violence, sexual abuse, and substance abuse. Evaluation of the camp program indicated that services available in the community and those provided by shelters were limited and mothers often had difficulties utilizing services.

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