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The turmoil of a parent’s deployment or homecoming can stress and upset young children in military families. They may struggle with sleeping, aggression, or separating from a caregiver as they try to process the changes in their family.With the support of a Prince Charitable Trust grant, the Center for Children and Families is offering free parent-child therapy services to Chicago-area families with children through the age of five affected by their parent’s deployment.
The trauma-informed therapy will help these children deal with the absence, the remaining caregiver’s increased stress, and their parent’s possible combat-related trauma, such as physical injury or post-traumatic stress disorder.
In addition to directly serving families, the Center has forged close relationships with Chicago-area military, National Guard, and veterans organizations, as well as child care providers and pediatricians, to share information on the unique needs of young children in military families.
Military families can contact Cassandra Ward, military families intake specialist, at (312) 893-7203, for more information.