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Dear Friend,

In this season of giving, please consider making a gift to Family Spirals™. We’ve been building our base this past year, and are currently trying to raise $1,000 (or more)!

The Programs

Unlike other nonprofits addressing family problems, we look at the entire family to help enhance relationships and ensure the wellbeing of each family member (including pets).

Our goal is simple: find effective solutions rooted in peer support, local communities, and local cultures in order to address unresolved needs and build resilience.

Initial projects:

  • Sibling Stress (among adults as well as kids) – facilitated discussion groups
  • In-Law Conflicts (whether couples are married or not) – facilitated discussion groups
  • The Unhappy Pet and their stressed-out families – building community infrastructures to mobilize local support and resources
  • Cyberfamilies – a pro-technology initiative to help ‘ground’ people by updating longstanding community traditions


We’ve been introducing ourselves to various foundations, some of which have expressed interest funding our work. This is where we need your help: Continue reading


Center for Families with Animals – needs You!

We are beginning to roll out our second program with the Center for Families with Animals.i

abandoned-dog_tony-alter-flikrWhile most people in the U.S. and elsewhere consider their animals to be family, the neglect and abuse of pets is still rampant, often hidden, and much of it is legal. How can this change?

The Center for Families with Animals is dedicated to creating new strategies and approaches to reach these animals, drawing upon multi-disciplinary research and best practices in order to improve life for these animals and their families. Continue reading

National Link Coalition introduces Family Spirals™

The National Link Coalition is an association of professionals bringing greater attention to the linkages between violence against animals and humans (i.e., “the Link”). I introduced Family Spirals™ in the February 2012 edition of their LINK-letter (p. 7):

Logo - National Link Coalition

Family Spirals™ Addresses The Link and Sibling Abuse

The links among various forms of violence towards humans and other animals are perhaps most evident within the family. A new organization, Family Spirals™, is being developed to address multiple dimensions of family relationships and cohesion. Our Interspecies Families division explores our relationships with animals, particularly pets, within a family context. Family Spirals™ plans to advance Link work by exploring new ways in which to frame family problems, deepening our understanding of these connections, and contextualizing linkages within a broader multidisciplinary framework of family dynamics. Continue reading