Children who have witnessed or experienced abuse are often filled with feelings and emotions that are difficult to explain.
A joint program of Wellspring Family Services and Jewish Family Service, Kids' Club helps children learn how to express and articulate their feelings more openly, working together in a supportive group environment with their moms, our licensed professionals and domestic violence advocates, and other children their age.
Using visual techniques, talk, and play, we help children recognize what "mean and hurtful behavior" looks and feels like, and that this behavior is a choice that is never acceptable.
Moms also have a chance to connect and learn from each other. At Kids' Club we teach parenting techniques to promote healthy parent-child communication and skills to reinforce healthy relationship behaviors. Kids' Club helps moms gain a better understanding of the impact that abuse has had on their children.
By the end of the 12-week class, each child will have developed a personal protection plan with their moms to help them know what to do in unsafe situations.
What to Expect
This program is FREE and is for non-abusing parents and their children who have experienced physical, mental and/or sexual abuse.
Groups meet for 12 weekly sessions at a confidential Seattle location. Children and moms meet together interactively for part of the time, and also attend separate but concurrent child and parent groups. The classes are co-facilitated by licensed mental health therapists and domestic violence advocates.
Groups for children ages 5-8 and 9-12 run throughout the school year. Click here for more information.
Mark Adams received his Master of Arts in Psychology from Seattle University. He is a licensed mental health counselor and children’s mental health specialist. Mark has extensive experience working with abusers, survivors, and children impacted by domestic violence. He has represented the agency in various community groups, and has been active in providing training both locally and nationally to judges, law enforcement, advocates, child welfare, and other therapists.
Danica Bornstein, MSW has worked with children, youth and families and with survivors of violence for over 14 years. Danica has worked with children and youth in a variety of settings, including residential treatment, schools, community organizations and private practice. She has worked with adults as a domestic violence advocate, a case manager and a private practice therapist, with a particular focus on trauma work. She has taught about abuse and trauma at the graduate level, and is a nationally-recognized trainer on assessing for domestic violence and working with survivors of abuse. Danica received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington in 1998, and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, the highest level of licensure available in the State of Washington.