Later this week, I will be in Mechanicsburg, PA presenting five workshops at the Engage Conference on ministering to children of divorce.  If you are anywhere in the area, I would encourage you to attend.  The price is very affordable, and the content will be top notched.  As part of that effort, I have compiled a listing of resources to make available to those who attend my workshop.  I am making that resource available to you today before the conference.  The following represent the “best of the best” when it comes to resources on children of divorce.  A pdf version of the handout is also available by clicking on the pdf link below.

I. Websites

A. Ministering to Children of Divorce

  1. Divorce Ministry 4 Kids (
  2. Association of Marriage & Family Ministry (

B. Single Parents

  1. A Father’s Walk (
  2. Center for Single Parent Family Ministry (
  3. pdf to share leftHlp4: Healthy Loving Partnerships for Our Kids (
  4. The Life of a Single Mom (
  5. SMORE for Women (

C. Programs / Curriculums

  1. Divorce Care 4 Kids (
  2. The Big D (
  3. Chained No More (
  4. Divorce Care (
  5. Hope & Help for the Single Mom (
  6. Single & Parenting (

D. Links to Additional Resources

  1. Divorce Ministry 4 Kids Resource Page (

E. Statistics

  1. Between Two Worlds (
  2. Divorce Statistics and Studies (
  3. Mapping America Project from the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (

F. Child Abuse & Neglect

  1. Child Welfare Information Gateway (
  2. Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect: Report to Congress. (

II. Books

A. About Children of Divorce

  1. Flesberg, Evon O. The Switching Hour: Kids of Divorce Say Good-bye Again. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2008.
  2. Hart, Archibald D. Helping Children Survive Divorce. Dallas: Word Pub., 1996.
  3. Marquardt, Elizabeth. Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce. New York: Crown Publishers, 2005.
  4. Root, Andrew. Children of Divorce, The: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2010.
  5. Wallerstein, Judith S., and Joan B. Kelly. Surviving The Breakup: How Children And Parents Cope With Divorce. New York: Basic Books, 1980.
  6. Wallerstein, Judith S., and Sandra Blakeslee. Second Chances: Men, Women and Children a Decade After Divorce. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1989.
  7. Wallerstein, Judith S., Julia Lewis, and Sandra Blakeslee. The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: A 25 Year Landmark Study. New York: Hyperion, 2000.
  8. Wallerstein, Judith S., and Sandra Blakeslee. What About the Kids?: Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce. New York: Hyperion, 2003.

B. For Adult Children of Divorce

  1. Abbas, Jen. Generation ex: adult children of divorce and the healing of our pain. Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Press, 2004.
  2. Staal, Stephanie. The love they lost: living with the legacy of our parents’ divorce. New York: Delacorte Press, 2000.

C. For Kids

  1. Brown, Laurene Krasny, and Marc Tolon Brown. Dinosaurs divorce: a guide for changing families. Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1986.
  2. Ekster, Carol Gordon, and Sue RamaÌ. Where am I sleeping tonight: a story of divorce. Weaverville, CA: Boulden Pub., 2008.
  3. Levins, Sandra, and Bryan Langdo. Was it the chocolate pudding?: a story for little kids about divorce. Washington, D.C.: Magination Press, 2005.

III. Articles

A. Effects of Divorce on Kids

  1. Fagan, Patrick F., and Aaron Churchill. “The Effects of Divorce on Children,” January 11, 2012. (
  2. Fagan, Patrick F., Anne Dougherty, and Miriam McElvain. “162 Reasons to Marry,” February 8, 2012. (
  3. Fagan, Ph.D., Patrick, and Rector, Robert. “The Effects of Divorce on America.” The Heritage Foundation, June 5, 2000. (
  4. O’Neill, Rebecca. “Experiments in Living: The Fatherless Family.” Civitas – The Institute for the Study of Civil Society (September 2002). (
  5. Root, Andrew. “Why Divorce Calls Children’s Existence into Question”, July 20, 2012. (

B. History of Divorce and the Church

  1. Smith, Mark A. “Religion, Divorce, and the Missing Culture War in America.” Political Science Quarterly 125, no. 1 (Spring 2010). (
  2. Wilcox, W. Bradford. “The Evolution of Divorce.” National Affairs, no. 1 (Fall 2009). (

C. For Kids

  1. “A Kids Guide to Divorce.” KidsHealth, n.d. (

D. Free E-Book: Dealing with the Effects of Divorce on Kids

  1. Stocks, Wayne. “Dealing With the Effects of Divorce on Kids: A Parent and Children’s Worker Guide.” Divorce Ministry 4 Kids, October 31, 2012. (

E. General Information on Children and Divorce

  1. “The Decline of Marriage And Rise of New Families.” Pew Research Center, November 18, 2010. (
  2. Jefferson, David J. “The Divorce Generation Grows Up.” Newsweek, April 12, 2008. (
  3. Leon, Kim, and Kelly Cole. “Helping Children Understand Divorce | University of Missouri Extension.” University of Missouri Extension, March 2004. (
  4. Marquardt, Elizabeth. “Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce.” Christian Century, February 21, 2001. (
  5. Tennat, Agnieszka. “Lives of Quiet Turbulence: Elizabeth Marquardt on What Happens in the Souls of Children of Divorce.” Christianity Today, March 2006. (
  6. Thomas, Susan Gregory. “The Divorce Generation.” Wall Street Journal (, July 9, 2011. (

F. Ministry to Children of Divorce

  1. “Helping Children Heal After Divorce – Focus on the Family.” Focus on the Family, n.d. (
  2. “The Impact of Divorce Upon Children – A Thesis Study in Grief, Trauma, and Stress Children Face When Parents Divorce.” Order In the Quart!, September 5, 2011. (
  3. “Understanding and Helping Children of Divorce: An Interview with Dr. Archibald Hart.” Growthtrac, n.d. (
  4. Bowman, Beth. “Ministering to Children of Divorce.” Lifeway, n.d. (
  5. Dykes, Brian. “Ministering to Children of Divorce.” Children’s Ministry, n.d. (
  6. Einstein, Tori. “Ministering to Kids in Divorce.” CentriKid Camps, July 14, 2010. (
  7. Maranville, Cecil. “Children of Divorce Aren’t Doomed to Failure.” Virtual Christian Magazine, n.d. (
  8. Marquardt, Elizabeth. “Ministering to Children of Divorce Through Their Lives.” Circuit Rider, June 2002. (
  9. Niles, Lori Haynes. “A House Divided.” Children’s Ministry, n.d. (
  10. Root, Andrew. “Young People Divorce and Youth Ministry: Leveraging The Ecclesial Community to Create Ontological Security.” Immerse, October 2011. (
  11. Smith, Krista. “TEENS – The Forgotten Generation in Single Parent Families.” Association of Marriage & Family Ministries, November 25, 2009. (
  12. Spoor, Jill. “Ministering to Children of Divorce”, 2000. (
  13. Sprague, Gary. “Ministering To Single-Parent Kids.” Center for Single Parent Family Ministry, n.d. (
  14. Sprague, Gary. Help For The Modern-Day Orphan: Having An Effective Ministry With Children of Divorce. Kids Hope, Inc., n.d. (

G. Spiritual Impacts of Divorce

  1. Lawton, Leora E., and Bures, Regina. “Parental Divorce and the ‘Switching’ of Religious Identity.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 40, no. 1 (March 2001): 99–111. (
  2. Marquardt, Elizabeth. “Children of Divorce: Stories of Exile.” Christian Century, February 21, 2001. (
  3. Marquardt, Elizabeth. “The Spirituality of Children of Divorce.” Huffington Post Divorce, December 22, 2010. (
  4. Tushnet, Eve. “Kids, Divorce and Faith.” USA Today, June 11, 2006. (
  5. Zhai, Jiexia Elisa, Christopher G. Ellison, Norval D. Glenn, and Elizabeth Marquardt. “Parental Divorce and Religious Involvement Among Young Adults.” Sociology of Religion 68, no. 2 (2007): 125–144 (