Children of the Addicted & Incarcerated

 

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Parental incarceration and addiction both have a devastating impact on children and teens. It is a stressful and traumatic experience. In the case of incarceration, the trauma it inflicts is sometimes referred to as a shared sentence. Having an incarcerated parent is a loss that is not socially acceptable which can compound a child’s grief and confusion drastically.

It is believed that the trauma, domestic disruption, and the corrosive disconnect that builds during a long-term absence of an incarcerated parent increases the likelihood for the child to also become involved with the criminal justice system later in life. A similar scenario presents itself for those children who have to witness one or both parents engaging in substance abuse.

The Sanctuary

Our farm is a small slice of heaven. The place itself and all our rescued farm animals exude peace that envelops everyone who visits with its gentle warmth. The atmosphere is healing and allows children as well as adults to forget their worries for a while, destress, regroup, and even gain some new insights into oneself via guided interactions with our animals.

One grandparent raising a child due to parental addiction is saying this about our program:

“During our visits at Good Acres Sanctuary, Connor is so happy and at peace. He is not thinking about missing his parents. He is able to control his behavior in a loving calm way. He really loves the animals and the atmosphere. We are blessed to be involved with such a wonderful program.”

 

Child Visits to the Farm

During the warm months of the year, we regularly have special open hours during which you can just spontaneously come out for a visit. We call those special open hours, ‘open barn’. Watch our Cow-lendar of Events for such times. Visits during our ‘open barn’ hours are free of charge but a donation will be greatly appreciated. Donations help us offset the enormous expenses of running a sanctuary and making its programs available to individuals like you and the community at large. You can make a donation via credit card at The Good Store.

If you have a child who might benefit from being a part of this program, please contact us at info@goodacres.org . More information on how to enroll a child will be added to this page soon.

 

girl-160170Let’s Get Reading!

This program invites you to bring out your young child and get him or her involved in reading to our animals. Yes, you read that right! We encourage kids to read to the animals. Books are fun all by themselves but ask a child to read to a sweet lamb, calf, or a sick horse and the motivational level to read may just skyrocket!
Aside from learning to read more efficiently, children have a chance to develop their sense of kindness and compassion by engaging in the selfless and generous act of reading to an animal to help a sick animal get well or help a stressed and anxious animal become calmer.

Let’s Get Reading, is a win-win for all involved. A child’s desire to do something kind for the animal can help increase the ability to concentrate and focus which is an essential skill for educational success. You can bring a book from home, the library, or even have your child bring out her/his homework reading assignment to participate in Let’s Get Reading.
Learn more about this program here.