Changing Young Lives with the Betty Ford Center Children's Program The Children's Program at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation provides the education and support girls and boys ages 7-12 need to stay healthy and safe when their parent has alcoholism or other drug addiction. A Support Program for Children of Addicts For children who grow up in a family with addiction, home—where they should feel safe and protected—becomes a place of unpredictable behavior, conflict, and broken promises. Since its inception in 1983, the Children's Program has helped thousands of kids and families cope with the challenges and difficulties of addiction. No family is ever turned away from our Children's Program due to inability to pay. The three- or four-day sessions teach kids 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 Children talk openly in a safe, supportive environment and are encouraged to express their fears, feelings and concerns. Learn more about the Betty Ford Center Children's Program offered in Colorado, Texas and at our treatment center in Rancho Mirage, California. You can help kids find healing and hope from the hurt of addiction. No child is ever turned away due to inability to pay. Please consider a donation today to help kids understand addiction. What Happens in the Children's Program? With the care and guidance of licensed counselors, children learn to identify and express their feelings, develop self-care skills, and deepen communication with their parent/caregiver. The small-group sessions include: Role-play exercises Games Artwork Other fun activities Parents/caregivers join their children for a portion of the program to work on: Opening the lines of communication Sharing feelings and concerns with one another Healing the hurt in their relationships Meet Beamer, the Children's Program Mascot Watch more videos, learn about the Children's Program and hear stories of hope and recovery.