History and Mission

History and Mission

Kids’ Turn San Diego was created in 1996 as an affiliate organization of the Kids’ Turn Program in San Francisco to help families experiencing separations. With a mission of “promoting, supporting and securing the well-being of children who are experiencing the challenges of family separation”, our programs bring peace to children and their families who are experiencing separation, divorce and military transitions. We help parents to understand the emotions and behaviors of their children from a developmental perspective and help them realize that healthy parent-child bonds are an essential component to future decisions and relationships. Children “find their voice” during our programs and are able to talk about their thoughts and feelings. We are increasing self-esteem and helping children to have positive relationships with both their parents. When children have positive relationships with their parents, they are more likely to do well in school, have positive peer relationships, and less likely to experience mental health issues, use drugs or alcohol or engage in risky behaviors.

Kids’ Turn San Diego programs include: Family Workshops for separated and divorced families, Peak Performance Family Classes for military families, Continuing the Conversation Counseling for Children, Parenting Time Co-Parenting Classes, and our Step-parent Success Support Group. We have helped change the lives of over 14,000 family members.