Organizations

Exchange Ministries (only in Orlando) – Exchange Ministries exists to provide inspiration, education, hope and refuge to people seeking to align their sexuality with their identity in Christ. To Educate the church, support and equip families and friends of LGBT+ loved ones. Support groups on Monday evenings 6:45 – 9:00 PM at the Counseling Center of Orlando First Baptist Church on John Young for families with loved ones 18 or older who struggle. One on one appointments if loved one is younger.

Fern Weis – Fern is a coach for parents of teens and a former middle school teacher. She’s been through difficult experiences with her children. Offers a free phone consult. “You don’t have to be in crisis to do things differently. In fact, I want to help you avoid the crisis. My goal is for you to be a strong, confident parent who launches independent, resilient young adults into the world.” fern@fernweis.com  201-747-9642

Focus on the Family Help Center – They offer a one-time complimentary consultation from a Christian perspective. They also offer referrals for licensed  Christian counselors in your area. Call 1-855-771-HELP (4357) weekdays 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Mountain Time).

Intentional Hearts – A ministry helping Christian men have sexual integrity consistent with their deeper identity in Christ; resourcing Christian parents by offering 2 – 5 consultation sessions (by phone and video conference) and supporting Christian ministry leaders.

LEAP Institute –  A strategy developed by Dr. Xavier Amador, author of I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help (see our book list); helping care-givers and professionals become partners with the severely mentally ill so that they will agree to accept treatment.

License to Parent  – A weekly 30 minute podcast with Trace Embry that teaches timeless biblical principles while providing real answers to parenting ; a ministry of Shepherd’s Hill Academy: transforming lives of teens in crisis. A year-long therapeutic, residential, boarding school for troubled teens age 12 – 17 located in Martin, Georgia.

Mercy Multiplied – Free residential, biblically based program, approximately 6 months, in various locations; nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to helping young women (13 – 28) break free from life-controlling behaviors and situations, including eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, unplanned pregnancy, depression, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking. They seek to help every woman experience God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and life-transforming power. (several U.S locations)

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness; help and resources for families and individuals affected by mental illness

NIMH – National Institute of Mental Health

NCADD – National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

QPR Institute – Three Steps to Suicide Prevention

The Bully Project – An excellent resource for parents and schools to help stop bullying.

The Oxford House – low cost sober living housing $80-100 month on average including utilities; run democratically by residents in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction; about 2000 sites across the U.S. in addition to Canada and Australia. They flourish in metropolitan communities like NYC  and Washington D.C. Number of residents range from 6 to 15. They have houses for men, women and women with children. Their goal is to help prevent relapse. Click here to see answers to the most frequently asked questions.

To Write Love on Her Arms – Offers hope and help to people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. They exist to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Our daughter’s story was the impetus that started this global non-profit. Your teen to adult children may know about them and could be helped by their activities.