Mission and Values

We envision the day when detentions, suspensions, expulsions, paddling, restraints, and seclusions are recognized
as the counterproductive, obsolete practices that they are...and their use eliminated.


Lives in the Balance
 is the non-profit organization founded by child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene, originator of the empirically supported Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach and New York Times bestselling author of the influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. 

Our vision is to foster collaboration and empathy, transform lives, and inspire change for all children (especially the most vulnerable), to heighten awareness of the detrimental and counterproductive effects of punitive interventions, and to address the systemic issues that impede our progress. We provide vital, accessible resources and programs to caregivers of behaviorally challenging kids; address the systemic issues that cause many of these kids to slip through the cracks; and promote parenting and disciplinary practices that foster the better side of human nature in all children. Through our Outreach initiatives -- which include this website, our podcasts and Facebook groups, and our trainings and conferences, we ensure that parents, educators, mental health clinicians, and staff in restrictive therapeutic facilities have easy access to vast support and resources on the CPS model, many at no cost. Through our Advocacy efforts -- which include our award-winning documentary film, The Kids We Lose -- we heighten awareness of the obsolete, counterproductive ways in which many behaviorally challenging kids are still treated and foster grassroots efforts to promote change and address disproportionality.

Lives in the Balance is a Section 501(c)(3) public charity that has taken the 501(h) election. Your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. Our programs are funded by Dr. Greene and other philanthropic individuals and organizations. If you're interested in supporting our vision and mission, please contact us by phone or by using the contact form on this website. Collaborative & Proactive Solutions is a trademark registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.