Helping Kids Cope With An Absent Parent

Child Development Institute

This article focuses on how to cope with the loss of a parent. Whether it be by divorce, death, or abandonment, the remaining spouse can use this guide to help themselves and the child through this difficult time.


Healthline’s article on Identifying and Managing Abandonment Issues discusses symptoms in children, risk factors, causes, treatment, how to help, and more.

Medical News Today

General information on abandonment including the signs and symptoms in children. A separate section discusses how to help children with abandonment issues.

University of Minnesota Extension

This article explains the different types of abandonment (complete/sudden, sporadic, and gradual), what to say to your child about the abandonment, and how to proceed.

Verywell Family

Growing up with an absent parent can leave kids with a deep sense of shame and loss. As the remaining parent, there’s a lot you can do to support your child and build his or her self-esteem.