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We are on the right path – listening to those whose voices are often ignored and addressing sibling discord, the tensions between parents and their adult children, in-law conflicts, and the links between the (unintended) mistreatment of pets and other family stresses.
Yet there’s a catch-22. The reason these and other family problems haven’t been addressed is, in large part, because they aren’t seen as being particularly important in ‘the grand scheme of things.’ This is also why there is so little research in these areas and little money for programs. People easily say:
‘sibling rivalry’ – so what else is new?
in-law conflicts – join the club!
problems between parents and adult children – let it go already!
the dog’s chained up – pity, but the mother is raising three kids on her own!
A growing body of research confirms what many of us have known all along – all these relationships are important and impact the overall quality of our lives.
By making a donation today you will help us launch programs that address these problems head on, that recognize that they are integrated within the entire family dynamic, and that foster the development of community supports.
We’re grateful to have your support!
As of February 2017, we are incorporated with the State of California as a nonprofit corporation! Soon we will be registered with the IRS – we’ll keep you posted.
However, as of April 2017, Family Spirals™ is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Family Spirals™ must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Families with Animals – Updates
Los Angeles is proving to be a laboratory in which to pilot various programs and to build needed community supports and safety-nets. We recently joined the 2020 Healthy Pets Healthy Families Initiative! (HPHF) coalition with the Veterinary Public Health Program (VPH) at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. From their website:
HPHF fuses the One Health concept with the national Healthy People 2020 model. One Health recognizes how human health, animal health and the ecosystem are inextricably linked. It is supported by both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also highlighted the value of a One Health approach to disease prevention in their new Framework for Preventing Infectious Diseases. Healthy People 2020 is a national campaign to improve the health of Americans by creating long term health goals and objectives that are evidence-based.
We also added another component to our Families with Animals programs; it will pilot emotional support services for those who witnessed or were coerced to participate in the harming of a pet. We will share more on the development of this program soon.
Paw Paw, running.after.big.brother, 2008. photography. On Flickr.
Abbott Handerson Thayer, The Favorite Kitten, (date unknown). Oil on canvas. Private collection.