Welcome to the Betty Ford Center Children's Program Alcoholism and other drug addiction is a family disease, which is why the whole family needs help and support. Our Children's Program helps kids ages 7-12 who grow up in families hurt by addiction. No child is turned away for lack of funds, scholarships are available. Our Children's Program is open to the public, and parents do not have to be patients at a Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation treatment center in order for their child(ren) to participate in the Children's Program. Learning Healthy Ways to Cope The Children's Program teaches kids how to positively cope with the many challenges they face. Over the course of four days, kids learn about the disease of addiction through age-appropriate activities so they realize: Addiction is not their fault They are not alone There are healthy ways to cope with the pain and difficulties they face at home Call Today for Help If you know a child affected by addiction, we can help. Call 1-303-745-2275 today. Betty Ford Center Children's Program Overview Day One: Addiction—It's Not My Fault In our safe, supportive environment, children learn basic facts about the disease of alcoholism and other drug addiction. Through a variety of interactive games and play, they come to understand key concepts such as: Loss of control Addiction as a disease Relapse Treatment Recovery Most importantly, children begin to realize they are not to blame for a loved one's addiction. Day Two: Talking about Addiction—It's Okay to Share My Feelings Armed with accurate, age-appropriate information about addiction, children begin to examine the impact the disease has had on them and how important it is to express their feelings. Children learn to identify and express their feelings in balanced ways, breaking the "no talk" rule so prevalent in addicted families. Through story writing, artwork and composing letters to "Dear Addiction," children prepare to share their feelings with their parents on Day Three. Day Three: The Heart of Recovery—Taking Care of Me Children learn a variety of ways to take good care of themselves and stay safe. In a structured format with their parents, the girls and boys share art, stories and letters to express their feelings about how addiction has affected them. Children come to understand that it's okay to ask for help and there are safe people and places to help them. Day Four: Changing the Family Legacy—Celebrating You and Me Children and parents participate together for the majority of the day in activities designed to help them: Share what they like and love about one another Make plans for taking good care of themselves Identify ways the family can grow together What Happens After the Program? Children "graduate" with their own personal "self-care" plan for getting through tough times ahead. Children's Program staff members are also available as an ongoing resource to parents/caregivers who may need additional referrals and guidance. Available Follow-Up Programs Stage II is a follow-up program for kids who have attended the four-day Children's Program. Kids learn valuable problem-solving skills and have opportunities to discuss events that have happened in their lives since the four-day program. Swimming and other fun activities are included. Each Stage II session features a different theme, such as relapse, problem solving, peer pressure, and bullying so kids can continue to attend the program if they desire. Support Meetings for Kids and Parents Our aftercare group offers a fun weekly opportunity for kids to continue practicing skills they learned in the Children's Program. Aftercare takes place at our offices every Wednesday night from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Any child who participated in the four-day program is welcome to attend aftercare. It is a drop-in program, and families can attend at their convenience. We also offer a coinciding Circle of Parents in Recovery support meeting. This meeting is open to any caregiver (in recovery or impacted by addiction) regardless of whether their children attend the kids aftercare group. Get answers to more frequently asked questions about the Betty Ford Center Children's Program. Learn About Beamer, the Betty Ford Center Children's Program Mascot Watch more videos about the Children's Program and hear from some of the kids who have participated.