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The Family Center: Resources for Families, Individuals and Professionals

Serving our community through programs and resources vital to today’s families.

Finding the Right College

Ask the Experts by Beth Walsh-Sahutske MA, LPC

Q: I think I should be doing something to prepare for college now that my son is in high school, but it feels a little overwhelming. Where do I begin?

A: Often when students are asked what they are looking for in a college they don't really know either. The best way to start is to physically get on college campuses - even if they are not the ones he is thinking of attending.

Locally, we are fortunate to have many easily accessible colleges to consider. ...

Read more: Finding the Right College


Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Ask the Experts by The Family Center

Q: I lost a loved one to suicide and lately I've found myself feeling isolated and alone. Are there groups or activities where I can find others who are going through the same thing I am?

A: You are not alone. Suicide affects millions of people every year. There are active suicide support groups in many communities. and both provide listings of various group options for your location.

Here in Grosse Pointe, a program planned ...

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What Parents Can do to Help their Child be Ready for Kindergarten

Ask the Experts by Kristen DeVooght and Dorothy Heitjan

Q: How can we as parents help our preschooler make a successful transition into kindergarten? Might you have some tips to share?

A: It is vital in the preschool years to provide your child with the experiences that will build the foundation for later success in school.

In order to help your child build this foundation, parents should provide:

Hands on experiences:
Dig, cook, build, paint and sculpt with your child. Activities like ...

Read more: What Parents Can do to Help their Child be Ready for Kindergarten


Aging Parents? Strategies to Remain Conflict-free

Ask the Experts by Sean Cleland

Q: My parents are getting older and I worry what will happen if/when my siblings and I must make decisions for them. Is there anything we can do ahead of time?

A: By 2030 there will be more Americans over the age of 65 than under the age of 16. As we age an increasing number of care concerns arise, such as the ability to live independently. Families should have a plan in place to handle these care concerns before they arise.

If you have parents in their mid-seventies ...

Read more: Aging Parents? Strategies to Remain Conflict-free


Helping Seniors Agree that It's Time to Stop Driving

Ask the Experts by Marian Battersby

Q: My family and I are struggling with our elderly father and his insistence on driving. What resources are out there for resolving this sensitive issue?

A: You are correct that the issue of driving when elderly is a sensitive one. Driving a car is a symbol of independence and is closely tied to an individual's identity. It represents freedom and control and allows senior adults to gain easy access to social connections, health care, shopping, activities ...

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