Our Beliefs

These beliefs are the foundation of our philosophy and mission. Select a topic to learn more.
Quality Parenting

Quality Parenting

Better Options Initiative Quality Parenting The Quality of Parenting is one of the best predictors of a child’s adjustment to parental separation or divorce. If High Quality Parenting is maintained, the risk to the child is minimized. <style type="text/css"...

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Parental Conflict

Parental Conflict

Parental Conflict Higher conflict reflects more negative effects on the child.   Parent conflict is not uncommon. (Nielsen 2017). Longitudinal research indicates that the effects of divorce on children varies with the level of discord between parents prior to...

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Conflict Decreases Parental Effectiveness

Conflict Decreases Parental Effectiveness

Conflict Decreases Parental Effectiveness Couple conflict causes parenting issues and adjustment problems in their children.   Conflict Decreases Parental Effectiveness Research in the 1990’s concluded that parents’ preoccupation with marital conflict impairs...

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Parental Gatekeeping

Parental Gatekeeping

Parental Gatekeeping Appropriate gatekeeping that encourages the other parent’s relationship with their child can reduce parental conflict. After separation, parents must decide on the sharing of parental responsibilities.  The new model of Gatekeeping offers clear,...

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Unjustified Parental Gatekeeping

Unjustified Parental Gatekeeping

Unjustified Parental Gatekeeping Appropriate gatekeeping that encourages the other parent’s relationship with their child can reduce parental conflict. After separation, parents must decide on the sharing of parental responsibilities.  The new model of Gatekeeping...

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Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation

Our Beliefs Parental Alienation Parental Alienation is Child Psychological Maltreatment. <style type="text/css" media="screen"><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->/*------------------------- FIRST ROW CUSTOM...

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Contact Us

Phone: (337) 534-0325

 

Fax: (337) 534-0427

 

219 W. Brentwood Blvd. Lafayette, LA 70506

 

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To eliminate harm to Acadiana's children due to parental conflict.