Breaking The Hurt Cycle

Our restorative interventions can provide the opportunity to restore self and others. The engagement enables people to have access to an open and safe platform to share their stories and feel heard. We work with people to make sense of the experiences. Ultimately we aim to work towards helping individuals to build and sustain healthy relationships.

Peace-Making Circles

The Peace-making Circle is a platform to bring individuals together to resolve issues and conflict, that have hurt and affected others. The Peace-making Circle works towards the healing of relationships by giving voice to all participants. It also allows for accountability, where participants accept responsibility for their actions and participate in making things better through shared responsibility.

The issues that can be addressed in a Peace-making Circle include family conflict or community disputes; mainly issues that have no clear offenders and victims. The Peace-making Circle is a no-blame approach, one that does not determine who is right or wrong. Instead, it allows everyone opportunity to share their story, in order to make sense and meaning of what has happened and come to common ground on what appropriate resolution looks like.

The facilitator will lead the Peace-making sessions and allow each participant to speak about how the issue has affected him or her personally. The facilitator also engages the primary participants in the widening of the circle, involving concerned parties to participate in the process as resource persons to provide support. He/she will meet with the parties who are directly affected to allow them to share their story and what outcomes they hope to see as a result of participating in the Peace-making Circle. In the preparation session, the affected parties will be invited to reflect on what the main issue is and have a clear definition of the problem faced. The facilitator will use the information gathered in preparation to develop appropriate questions to be used in the Peace-making Circle, to achieve the desired outcomes set by the participants.

Currently we take in referrals from community partners (such as Project Restore and other Social Service Organizations). We also invite individuals who wish to experience the restorative process to approach us for more information. Please enquire more at admin@lccs.org.sg or contact LCCS at 6441 3906 for more information.

Family Group Decision Making

The Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) is a platform for family members to come together to work on an issue affecting each other in a collaborative manner. The FGDM provides an opportunity for family members or those who are considered family members to share their concerns and opinions about the issue in a respectful and safe environment.

FGDM centres on family leadership. This means that the family is the one who formulates the solutions for the identified issue. The family members would also contribute to the implementation of the suggested solutions. Such promotes accountability and responsibility amongst the family members. Families who had been through the FGDMs often find the process empowering and there is greater likelihood of plans proposed being followed through compared to solutions provided by external parties.

The FGDM facilitator is a neutral party, who is responsible for creating a safe and supportive environment as well as keeping the process focused and record the decision of the group. The FGDM facilitator does not make or influence the decisions to be made.

Currently we take in referrals from community partners (such as Project Restore and other Social Service Organizations). We also invite individuals who wish to experience the restorative process to approach us for more information. Please enquire more at admin@lccs.org.sg or contact LCCS at 6441 3906 for more information.

Restorative Conferences

The Restorative Conference is a process that deals with wrongdoing and conflict. This involves bringing together people who have been harmed, together with those who have caused harm, to speak and express feelings, and most importantly have a say in the outcome. The Restorative Conference is a voluntary process, with high rates of participant satisfaction because it addresses the needs of all participants to share their story and take ownership of the outcomes. The conference facilitator is a neutral party, who is responsible for creating a safe and supportive environment as well as keep the process focused and record the decision of the group. The conference facilitator does not make or influence the decisions to be made.

Apart from the parties who have harmed others as well as parties who have caused harm, supporters such as family members or friends are invited to attend. The role of supporters is critical, in sharing their perspectives and experience, as well as to provide physical and emotional support to the parties who are directly involved.

Currently we take in referrals from community partners (such as Project Restore and other Social Service Organizations). We also invite individuals who wish to experience the restorative process to approach us for more information. Please enquire more at admin@lccs.org.sg or contact LCCS at 6441 3906 for more information.

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Be A Champion

Be A Champion is a Youth At Risk Engagement (YARE) pilot programme funded by MSF, which serves youth of low to medium risk in schools. It aims to provide a platform for youth to be positively engaged through arts and sports engagement and build healthy and effective relationships.

Be A Champion utilizes the WhyTry Program, which is a “resilience education curriculum that provides simple, hands-on solutions for dropout prevention, violence prevention, truancy reduction, and increased academic success” (find out more at https://www.whytry.org/).

The Builders Project

The Builders Project aims to impact neighbourhood primary schools (children aged 7 – 12) with higher needs (e.g. more students on school financial assistance scheme, low school attendance, high rates of rules infringements/criminal offence). The primary objective is to build relational capacity of students, teachers and parents, with the assumption that stronger meaningful connections and relationships to people that matter help improve emotional wellbeing.

The programme utilises a community approach to dealing with students’ issues involving the idea of widening the support circle for sustainable change. LCCS Builders team is based in school and able to deal with students’ issues responsively and proactively, through modelling the need for a restorative intervention rather than a punitive response. Through modelling and training, teachers, parents and students learn a different way of resolving issues, restoring relationships and repairing harm as oppose to the traditional mainstream way of punishment and isolation (e.g. detention, suspension, caning).

Through LCCS’ experience working with youth-at-risk, it is evident that it is more strategic to build and strengthen relationships and support networks for children and families at the primary school level, rather than responding to issues when they are teenagers. Students are involved in anti-social behaviours at a younger age (e.g. smoking, gang involvement, shop-theft, outrage of modesty). When parents are provided a restorative experience, it prevents the escalation of issues that results in serious strain to the parent-child relationships in future.

The Challenge

The Challenge is a programme that guides practitioners with an explicit practice framework that engages young people and their families and teach them new ways of building the capacity to understand and make change. Practitioners work with individuals to widen their support circle and build a stronger relationships in their own community.

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Adoption Home Study Report (HSR)

Couples who wish to adopt a foreign child (i.e. a child who is not a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident) must undergo a home study by an MSF accredited VWO. A home study is required to assess the applicants' eligibility and suitability to adopt a child. LCCS helps over 80 couples yearly to complete the Adoption Home Study Report in our efforts to break the hurt cycle and find a home for the underprivileged children, in turn helping couples fulfil their dreams of parenting.

Find out more about Home Study Report (HSR) at https://www.msf.gov.sg/Adoption/Pages/Apply-for-Home-Study-Report.aspx.

If you wish to enquire about our services for HSR, please email adoption@lccs.org.sg or contact us at
6441 3906 for more information.

Adoptive Parents Support Group

After couples have successfully adopted children, we invite families to join our Adoptive Parents Support Group, where families can connect and share their journey with one another. These regular groups cover a range of topics and help parents widen their circle of support and build connections with other adoptive families.

Please enquire more at adoption@lccs.org.sg or contact LCCS at 6441 3906 for more information.

Restorative Adoption Disclosure Counseling

Adoptive parents often ask when is the appropriate time to talk to their child about adoption. Adoption disclosure counselling is important as it allows adoptive parents to learn how to care for the child who is hurting, to sit with their pain and questions, and to hold the space for them as they make sense of their adoptive story and are validated for their feelings.

Through adoption disclosure counselling workshop, parents learn how to sit with their child’s pain instead of trying to “fix the problem”. Adoptive parents are also equipped with the skills and knowledge of how to talk about the subject of adoption with their children, to validate the child’s possibly feelings of being rejected by biological family, and to empathize with their child’s confusing feelings. We want to help children who are adopted to understand their status and to help parents to approach the subject with confidence, with connection in mind.

Please enquire more at adoption@lccs.org.sg or contact LCCS at 6441 3906 for more information.

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Marriage Enrichment Programme

Marriage is a union of two lives. It is a life long journey that is filled with challenges, joy and fulfilment. Gender differences coupled with personality differences can create communication and relational challenges for some couples. When marriages break down, hurt might be caused not only to the couple but also to children who are often the unintended victims.

The Marriage Enrichment Programme enable couples to gain greater self-awareness, develop a better understanding of their partner and improve communication and conflict resolution skills. We hope to empower couples to rebuild their marriage and experience marital satisfaction.

Please enquire more at marriage@lccs.org.sg or contact us at 6441 3906 for more information.

Couple Mentoring Programme

We work with couples to equip them with essential marital skills to journey with young couples in building strong and fulfilling marriages
Our programme consists of 3 modules:

  1. Introducing Restorative Principles in Couple Mentoring
  2. Integrating Prepare/Enrich Assessment and MBTI Personality Profiling Tools
  3. Designing a Couple Mentoring Program

Please enquire more at marriage@lccs.org.sg or contact us at 6441 3906 for more information.

Marriage Preparation Programmes

The Marriage Preparation Programme prepares couples in knowledge and skills to build strong and resilient marriages. Our programme is based on Prepare & Enrich inventory and couples are provided with the platform to discuss topics such as communication styles, conflict resolution methods, and family of origin issues. Through facilitation and engagement by our counsellors, couples can understand one another better and have confidence to build and strengthen relationships despite challenges they might face.

Please enquire more at marriage@lccs.org.sg or contact us at 6441 3906 for more information.

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