How to Volunteer to Help Children

Helping Children Cope with Divorce

You can form a variety of connections with children in need. One of these includes bonding with a child who is trying to cope with the divorce of his or her parents.

At a time when children may feel let down by their parents, they may be reluctant to open up, especially to complete strangers. However, statistics have shown that children coping with divorce seem to open up more to people they do not know, and doing so may just begin their healing process [source: Divorce Info].

The United States has the highest divorce rate in the world -- unfortunately, children sometimes get caught in the middle of the proceedings [source: Nation Master]. If you know of a child stuck in this type of situation, it could be a good idea for you to become involved. Take the child out once a week to escape the divorce atmosphere and be available to listen. Don't try to force the child to talk, but when he or she is willing to finally open up, be sure you're there.

If you don't know a child personally, organizations can match you with a child in need of assistance. For example, the nonprofit organization called Divorce Recovery, which is based in Tucson, Ariz., provides support and education to individuals and families that have been involved in a divorce [source: Divorce Recovery]. Although Divorce Recovery serves only certain areas, there are similar organizations elsewhere throughout the United States. You can contact local schools or churches to find a place that allows volunteers to help with children coping with divorce.

Divorce can be a sticky subject, and you should only help children coping with divorce if you feel prepared to do so. There are plenty of options beyond this. Head over to the next page to tackle another particularly difficult situation.