The Effects of Divorce on Children

Probably one of the most frequently asked questions over the last two decades about family life has been, “Is divorce harmful to children?” Although this may seem like a very important question, I would suggest that it is time to examine a more important question which is– “what are the factors in divorcing families that contribute to children having difficulties and what are the factors that foster children’s adaptation?” In this paper I will review several explanations for why children have difficulty and the scientific evidence regarding these factors.

I had problems with my 12 year old daughter

“ I had problems with my 12 year old daughter from emotions, problems at school, angry, etc. After two sessions with Dr. Kateresea L. Ford her attitude changed, she was a pleasant child to be around and I was loving it. Even though she saw my daughter she incorporated me in the session when I was needed and I appreciated that.

L. Storm, Parent of a young female client

Negotiating Identities: Adolescent Mothers’ Journey to Motherhood: A Research Study

Dr. Kateresea L. Ford is passionate about advocating and helping underdogs and marginalized populations. Her goal is to use her writing and future books to inspire those teen mothers who are often feeling “let down” and to educate and inspire those who are unaware of the emotional turmoil these young mothers are experiencing. This is Dr. Ford’s first book, and it provides a personal view of the lived experiences by adolescent mothers as they endured the transition of being a teenager to becoming a mother. Dr. Ford hopes this book will enlighten the professionals who work with teen mothers to further the understanding of their trials and tribulations, their emotionality, and how this affects their mind-sets—sometimes permanently. With this knowledge, those in the position to assist or help a teen mother would have greater insight into the teens’ mental state to help. The insights in this book offer the ability to improve the young mother’s mental and emotional states of being and help them avoid the negativity and harmful mental and psychological pressure of being a teen mother.

DR KATERESEA L. FORD BIO

A compelling speaker and storyteller, Dr. Ford is a high-energy performer and a crowd transformer, leaving her crowds waiting more. She uses her great sense of humor to encourage and enlightened her audiences. Dr. Ford uses her experiences and expertise as a model to deliver the tales of triumph, failures, achievement, and convictions. She educates her audiences on the ways to help others by sharing her experience of being a counselor, business owner, and educator. She holds no bars as she lives within her messages, breathes, and shares the harsh reality that she has endured as a successfully educated African American Women and CEO!

Dr. Ford is an Author, Educator, Entrepreneur, and Professional Mental Counselor and has been providing clinical and educational services for the past 15 years. Dr. Ford has provided trauma informed care and counseling to youth and their families who were victims of abuse, neglect, domestic violence and/or community violence. Dr. Ford’s creative and innovative methods of “thinking out of the box” have earned her accolades and a reputation of being a successful counselor with challenging “high risk” clients. Her latest program, “AOL” Art of Life Program has been successfully known to have evoked change in numerous troubled adolescents. She recently started a non-profit organization provides assistance to those who have no voice!

Services Provided by Dr. Kat Ford

Dr. Kateresea L. Ford

For over 15 years I have assisted, educated, and provided housing, education, vocational training, and employment opportunities to the State of Virginia young single mothers and their families. I worked in an urban public school as a school counselor and later branched out and own my business providing residential and mental health services to children, adults, and families in need. I have help young adults pursuing college education with opportunities to learn how to be effective helpers by providing internships, mentorships, and practicums throughout my organizations.

Dr. Kat, Why you do what you do?

Dr. Kateresea L. Ford

I want the world to know the unselfish acts of kindness and devotion that I have made personal and professional sacrifices to help the under privileged, societies “throw aways” the kicked to the curbed individuals and how I provided them with hope, perseverance, reverence, and love. I always went the extra mile to help those that other couldn’t just to take the time to hear their side and understand what they were going though. I was never a bandwagon person to benefit or obtain personal gratification. I went out of the way to help people because that is what I was raised and taught to do and is my God Given Talent.

Books written by Dr. Kat Ford

Understanding Identities: he Transition to Motherhood in Young Urban Adolescent Mothers

This book provides an intimate and personal view of the lives and lived experiences by adolescent-mothers as they endured the transition of being a teenager to becoming a mother. The author interviewed 12 young mothers, ranging in ages between 18 and 22, who provided insight of what their life was like as a teenager who became pregnant and gave birth.

The twelve young ladies provided detailed descriptions of mixed emotions of depression, enlightenment, loneliness, and sadness, as well as happiness and empowerment. They described in detail the treatment they received from family members, friends, lovers, and other individuals in their lives. They shared heartbreaking stories of being abandon by love ones, experiencing life threatening situations, and rekindling relationships with love ones.

After reading this book, one should get a clearer understanding of the emotional pain teen mothers endure and develop a sense of knowledge of how providing teen-mothers with positive reinforcement, encouragement, and emotional support would help them through one of the most turbulent time of their young lives, which they endure after giving birth.

Negotiating Identities: Adolescent Mother’s Journey to Motherhood: A Research Study

Dr. Kat Ford is passionate about advocating and helping underdogs and marginalized populations. Her goal is to use her writing and future books to inspire those teen mothers who are often feeling “let down” and to educate and inspire those who are unaware of the emotional turmoil these young mothers are experiencing. This is Dr. Ford’s first book, and it provides a personal view of the lived experiences by adolescent mothers as they endured the transition of being a teenager to becoming a mother. Dr. Ford hopes this book will enlighten the professionals who work with teen mothers to further the understanding of their trials and tribulations, their emotionality, and how this affects their mind-sets—sometimes permanently. With this knowledge, those in the position to assist or help a teen mother would have greater insight into the teens’ mental state to help. The insights in this book offer the ability to improve the young mother’s mental and emotional states of being and help them avoid the negativity and harmful mental and psychological pressure of being a teen mother.

Events where Dr. Kateresea L. Ford Has Spoken

Dr. Kateresea L. Ford Guest Speaker

Bank of America – Domestic Violence Workshops
McKesson – Managing Stress
Betchel Inc. – Domestic Awareness in the Workplace
Developed and Sponsored “Still I Rise”Banquet for Central Virginia Teen Mothers that Celebrated them for Graduating from Highschool(Tre Songs Mom spoke at the first banquet)
City of Richmond Office of Minority Business Development Mentorship Program
City of Richmond Public High Schools -Teen Pregnancy Summit
City of Richmond Truancy Recidivism Program – Provided monthly parenting workshops for parents
Henrico County Public Schools – Parenting Seminars
Greater Richmond YMCA Parenting Workshop – Preparing Your Children for School
Area Health Network – Understanding The World of Teen Parenting
Jacksonfeld Home for Girls – Understanding how to manage Teen mothers
Henrico County Schools Vocational Education Program – Creating Paths to Academic Success