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lonely boyThe agenda is daunting. We need to make sure that our most vulnerable kids -- those with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges -- are treated in ways that are humane, compassionate, productive, and effective. But the agenda extends to all kids, who need us to teach, model, and provide opportunities for practicing the skills that define our humanity: empathy, appreciating how one's behavior is affecting others, resolving disagreements in ways that do not involve conflict, taking another's perspective, and honesty. We have the technology to do it...now we need your help to get the word out: 

  • Take Action: Become a member of the Kids Advocacy Action Network, right here.
  • Gather Together: Come to the Lives in the Balance Annual Summit in Portland, Maine.
  • Listen In:  Listen to interviews with people from throughout the world who are playing a key role in advocating for the more humane, enlightened understanding and treatment of behaviorally challenging kids and their caregivers (Click here).
  • Stay Informed: Check out the Good and Bad News section. As you might expect, it's the bad news that usually makes the headlines...but it's those headlines that heighten awareness of the work that still needs to be done.
  • Help Others: Send a Care Package to someone who badly needs to know more about kids' behavioral challenges and Dr. Greene's CPS model. It's sent from Lives in the Balance without identifying you, so the recipient won't know you sent it!
  • Recognize: We think the courageous people -- parents, educators, clinicians, administrators, staff members -- who are advocating for non-punitive, non-adversarial interventions for kids should be formally recognized, and we do just that in the Recognition Awards section of the site. If you know someone who's been leading the charge, let us know!
  • We The People: Lives in the Balance will be sending the Bill of Rights for Behaviorally Challenging Kids to key leaders to promote awareness of how things need to change so society is more responsive to the difficulties and needs of kids with behavioral challenges and their caregivers. If you agree with its content, sign it!
  • Smile: A misunderstood, poorly treated kid is no laughing matter -- and changing things for the better is serious business -- but if a smile would brighten your day (and help you appreciate the absurdity of the ways in which kids are sometimes dealt with), check out the Comic Relief page.
  • Other Non-Punitive, Non-Adversarial Models: Dr. Greene's CPS model isn't the only non-punitive, non-adversrial, collaborative, proactive, skill-building, relationship-enhancing model out there. If you want to learn more about other models that incorporate at least some of those components, check out this section
  • Support Us: Your financial support is vital in changing the lives of these children and impacting their families, caregivers and communities. To donate now please click here.