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How to Talk to Kids about Tough Topics

Caring adults can help kids learn coping and resilience-building techniques to help them face tough challenges like divorce, foster care, grief, and more.

Featured Topics

Explore these topics for tons of resources that help kids (and parents!)

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Displacement and Resettlement

Families resettling after conflict or crisis cope with big changes and challenges. They can use our resources for support.

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Traumatic Experiences

Traumatic experiences like poverty or hunger can hold back children in critical ways. Caring adults hold the power to help.

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Grief

Help kids grieve the loss of a loved one. With love and support, children can learn to cope with loss and start to heal.

Topics and Sub Topics

Explore all of our topics and subtopics to find the resources you need.

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Divorce

Separation or divorce means lots of changes, but love, comfort, and care can help children adjust and cope with family trauma.

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Emergencies

Your family can gather supplies to build an emergency kit and prepare for emergencies in many other easy ways.

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Foster Care

As an adult involved in foster care, you have a big job: rebuilding family structures and children’s sense of safety and personal stability.

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Grief

Help kids grieve the loss of a loved one. With love and support, children can learn to cope with loss and start to heal.

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Homelessness

Losing a home brings enormous challenges, but families are strong and, with the right support, can build a better future.

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Incarceration

A caring adult’s love and support can help children cope with the absence of an incarcerated family member.

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Military Caregiving

When a loved one needs extra support and home care assistance, it can mean big adjustments for everyone in the family. These resources can help!

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Parental Addiction

Resources and support for families struggling with a parent’s addiction.

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Displacement and Resettlement

Families resettling after conflict or crisis cope with big changes and challenges. They can use our resources for support.

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Resources in Ukrainian

Матеріали українською.

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Resources in Pashto

Resettling after conflict or crisis can be a long, challenging process. Families can use our resources in Pashto for support.

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Resources in Dari

Resettling after conflict or crisis can be a long, challenging process. Families can use our resources in Dari for support.

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Traumatic Experiences

Traumatic experiences like poverty or hunger can hold back children in critical ways. Caring adults hold the power to help.

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Violence

Whether children are directly or indirectly exposed to violent events, there are ways to help them feel safer and more secure.

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