Coming from a very close family with not a lot of conflict (and no conflict in front of the children), I was unsure how to react properly and how this would affect my son long term. My relationship with my son's father was extremely toxic with yelling and physical abuse in front of the children. Although my son was only 19 months old when we left, I still had fear of what those 19 months could have done to his development. I also have much hesitation regarding how seldom his father requests the visits, and how this could impact a young child, among other things. One evening after much stress and loss of sleep, I contact Colleen and asked her if she would be able to meet with my family and I to discuss some of our concerns. She immediately obliged and took an evening away from her family after work to come and sit down with us after my son had gone to bed. We expressed our concerns and asked for her opinions and advice. Colleen is a wealth of knowledge and let us know some things I was unaware of. Like when children are exposed to yelling or abuse in their home while they are infants, that this is the most harmful time. I was under the assumption that because my son was only 19 months old when we left that he would likely be unaffected, but this is untrue. She explained what happens with the development of children's brains and their learning. She let us know signs to look for and how to work on correcting any damage that may have been done. I am forever grateful for Colleen and her team for helping me in this very difficult situation. They are part of my village that is helping me to raise my son.
I am so very thankful for this site! I have received some great advice that has helped in some very difficult situation. Travelling the waters of a messy divorce and trying to coparent has been a stressful adventure. The sound advice and to have people going through the same things is relieving.
Ms. Rice of Family Nexus has provided me with an invaluable service with regards to maintaining a strong bond with my infant daughter. While dealing with the aftermath of a very complicated and difficult break up, Family Nexus has made it possible for me to remain in my daughter's life and has helped me immensely in other ways as well. I feared that the very strong bond I had built with my daughter would slowly erode as more and more time passed without seeing her. Ms. Rice has personally supervised and facilitated visits between my daughter and I for several months now and has provided me with invaluable family coaching as well. I am very grateful for the services provided by Family Nexus and for Ms. Rice's personal level of professionalism.