How Family Builders began

Family Builders was founded back in 1975 by Ann Hardy and was for years known as Parents Assistance Center, or PAC for short. Back in 1994, Hardy wrote a short essay on how it all began. Here is that essay, with a few minor spelling corrections. Note that several statements are made to “current” operations…

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We’d like to thank you

Family Builders exists to stop abuse. Our mission is to strengthen relationships and break the cycles of child abuse and family violence. But we don’t do it alone! A lot of people and organizations are involved in helping us fulfill our mission, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who…

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How Family Builders gives the gift of hope

The holidays are a time for giving. It’s no surprise that nonprofits see an increase in donations during the month of December. Whether you’re giving a donation in someone’s name as a gift, giving in memory of someone, or just supporting a nonprofit, those of us in the nonprofit world appreciate it. Earlier this year,…

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Family traditions and reducing holiday stress

Bringing family together during the holidays can be full of joy, but often, it brings a large amount of stress. Media outlets portray the holidays as a time where everything flows together in magical moments with lots of laughter and hugs. Such images warm the heart, but they also lead to high expectations. And unmet…

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Domestic violence awareness month

October is domestic violence awareness month, which has been designated to bring additional awareness to the issue of domestic violence and how it affects families and communities. The following statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence highlight the scope of the issue: On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an…

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Restoring families torn apart

Nobody wants to see a family torn apart for any reason, including abuse. But restoring the family is by no means a quick process. In fact, it is usually a long process. But that’s fitting, because usually the problems have been going on for a long time. Many of our clients come referred to us…

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Make kids safer by educating yourself

You probably don’t want to think about kids getting hit by a car when they cross the street, right? That’s why we educate them on how to cross the street safely. You equip them with the tools they need to know what to do. Shouldn’t we be educating the community on how to keep our…

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Recognizing abuse is the first step to stopping it

If there were a terrible, debilitating, and potentially fatal disease that affected one in four children in our community, wouldn’t we all be clamoring for a cure? Every day in Oklahoma, 41 children are confirmed as victims of abuse. This abuse, whether physical, mental, or sexual, can stifle a child’s potential and lead to a…

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Protect your children from predators hiding in plain sight

There are plenty of news stories circulating around the Internet and television about child abuse today. We feel pain and compassion for the victim and anger at the abuser, but all too often we go on thinking that this could never happen in my community, or to my child. The harsh reality is that it…

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“13 Reasons Why” you can help prevent tragedies

Netflix has released, yet again, a smashing, binge-worthy TV show-one that you’ve likely heard about and your children likely want to watch. But, before you hit play on “13 Reasons Why,” we want you to know what to expect, and how you can best prepare yourself to have conversations with the children and adults in…

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