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Family Regains Footing with Boys Town’s Help

Children should never have to watch their parents hit each other.

Unfortunately, it happens far too often and children suffer the trauma twice: once when they witness the fight and again when they’re eventually removed from the home and placed with strangers because it’s not safe for them to stay.

That’s what happened to the Wheaton family. When Marjorie and Craig got into an argument one night after they’d had too many drinks, the yelling quickly led to pushing, shoving and punching. The couple’s three children – Jeremy, Tasha and Pete – saw it all, and ended up in foster home after the police arrived and arrested Marjorie and Craig.

This wasn’t the first time domestic abuse had upset the Wheaton family. But this latest arrest was a wake-up call for two parents who had let their money and marital problems get out of hand at the emotional expense of their kids.

When Social Services referred the Wheatons for an intervention through Boys Town Iowa’s In-Home Family Services, they welcomed the opportunity to make a real change in their lives and the lives of their kids.

A Boys Town Family Consultant began working with Marjorie and Craig, teaching them ways to cope with their challenges without violence. That included enrolling in a domestic violence prevention course. The couple also started attending Alcoholic Anonymous meetings and completed Boys Town’s Common Sense Parenting ® program.

After several months of progress, Marjorie and Craig were reunited with their children. The family continues to attend family therapy together at Boys Town Iowa, and each child receives individual counseling for various emotional issues.

The Wheatons still have a long way to go to get where they want to be. But they are working together as a family, and Boys Town Iowa will be with them every step.

The stories provided about the children and families in our care are real. In some cases, names may be changed and details altered to protect their privacy and therapeutic interests.