10.24.17 A proud moment - the official ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce for The Family Center's new administrative offices in the media wing of The War Memorial.


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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.

Academic Accomodation in College for Special Education Students

Ask the Experts by Marianne Balton

Q: My daughter is a special education student, who will be attending college next fall.  What can I do to help her arrange to receive academic accommodations while in college?

The best way a parent can help a daughter who is transitioning from high school to college is to support her autonomy.  Once a student has been accepted into a college or university, she is expected to navigate independently, as an adult. 

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Logging In: College and Career Access

Ask the Experts by Milissa Pierce and Carla Palffy

Q:  I have a high school sophomore.  I am wondering what online resources are available to help us explore his future opportunities. 

A:  Wow!  This is an overwhelming challenge!  Nowadays, internet resources abound and are easily accessible to everyone.  
It can be daunting to know where to begin this process and what sites will benefit your individual needs and goals. 

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Mother-Teen Daughter Realtionships. Plus info on MIP Diversion Programs

Ask the Experts by Anne Nearhood

Q.  My daughter and I have always had a good relationship but it is becoming strained now that she is in high school.  How can I get my daughter to confide in me again and return to being a mom who is open for discussion?

A. It sounds like you have already set the foundation for open communication with your daughter. Reflective listening is very useful when listening to teens discussing their daily "dramas" such as "how did you feel about that" or "that ...

Read more: Mother-Teen Daughter Realtionships. Plus info on MIP Diversion Programs


Family Volunteerism Pays

Ask the Experts by Bill Wenzell

Q.  I would like to get my family involved in being of service to others.  I'm hoping to encourage them to experience the value of giving back to others through volunteerism.  How do I help them to develop a spirit of giving instead of them always wanting to get paid for their efforts?

A. Why would anyone work for no pay?  Doesn't that go against our nation's proud history of capitalism?  Wrong.  Americans have a long history of volunteering, ...

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The Race to Nowhere: Film Presentation

Reel Link Films presents The Race to Nowhere, a film by Vicki Abeles about the dark side of America's Achievement culture.

Our special screening and Ask the Experts panel discussion on September 27th was fully booked, but we are planning a future screening.

To be added to our announcement list, please complete the following form:

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