Do I have to attend the support group at the same time as my child?
It is expected that if there is a group that occurs for adults or parents at the same time as the child’s that both the child and the parent would attend. This helps to provide services for the whole family. If you have specific questions about this and your situation, please contact Prevail with questions.
Is Prevail the same as Department of Child Services (DCS or CPS)?
Prevail is NOT the same as Department of Child Services (DCS). Prevail works with the case workers at Department of Child Services, as families determine appropriate. Prevail Advocates are mandated reporters, so if there is a disclosure of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect, we will report those concerns. Otherwise, Prevail is not required to share any information with DCS.
Can Prevail Advocates testify for my child in a divorce and custody case?
No. Victim Advocate Privilege Law (Ind. Code § 35-37-6-9) states, “No victim, victim advocate, or victim service provider can be compelled to give testimony or produce records concerning confidential communications in any judicial, legislative, or administrative proceeding.” There is another type of advocate who does gather information from individuals in the child’s life and then make a recommendation regarding child custody.
These advocates are either called Court Appointed Special Advocates(CASA) or Guardian Ad Litems(GAL).
Support group is a relaxing, fun environment for kids/teens to explore how to cope with the changes and challenges they have had happen in their life or family. For children, we have our Kid’s Group Room designed for kids to feel comfortable and be able to participate in many different activities. Many of our youth support groups include the use of games and crafts for the kids to interact with while they learn. We like to foster an interactive environment. Our service dog, Odle, attends several of the youth support groups at Prevail.
What is the benefit of support group compared to individual appointments or counseling?
Many kids and teens who have participated in group will say that in group they finally learned, “I am not alone.” Though they may know it in their head, it is different to hear and see their peers expressing the same thoughts and feelings. A common result of participating in group is improvement in individual appointments or counseling. Youth who may have been reluctant to engage on an individual level often are more willing to engage on a group level. Though at first people may feel nervous about attending group, they often find it easier to engage with the material in a group where they do not have to be the center of attention, unlike an individual session. Group also allows peers to challenge and encourage each other. A professional or a parent may encourage a child specifically, but teens can speak into each other’s lives in a unique way that adults may not be able to.
What are kids talking about in support group? Is my child going to be traumatized by another child’s experience?
In support group, the focus for children and teens is to learn how to cope and to process their thoughts and feelings about what has happened to them. If a child or teen starts to share specific details about a traumatic experience, they will take a break from the group and receive individual support from an advocate or volunteer at that time. They are not sharing their personal stories in group.
My children are experiencing abuse from their other parent, whom I no longer live with. How can I help my children?
First, if it is an emergency, please call 911.
Sometimes parents calling Prevail feel stuck in a situation. These situations, while common, can present with specific unique challenges for each family, therefore, if this is your situation, speaking with a Prevail Advocate can help you identify the options available for your family.
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