New Co-parenting Class Announcement: Parents Forever ™

Parents Forever ™

Parents Forever ™ is an educational program for families experiencing a:

  • Divorce.
  • Separation.
  • Change in custody.

 

Parents and other caregivers take a course like Parents Forever ™ for several reasons. Usually they fall into one or both of the following groups:

  • They were told to take a parent education course by their judge, court personnel, or attorney.
  • They were concerned about their own and their children’s wellbeing after a family transition.

 

See brochure here: 2019 Parents Forever Brochure

Parents Forever ™ has been approved by the Dunn County Court. It meets and exceeds expectations for court mandated parent education in Dunn County. In Dunn County you have TWO options for satisfying the court-order, (1) attend the four-hour in person training or (2) complete the eight-hour online course. For both options you will receive a certificate of completion after completing your course. This certificate is what you need to show your judge, court personnel, or attorney if the course was court-ordered. Please see the chart below to see what option would work best for you.

 

Parents Forever: In-person Class Vs Online Course

In-person Class Online Course
Offered by   Dunn County UW-Extension University of Minnesota Extension
Location   Dunn County Community Services Building                 3001 US Highway 12 East                                        Menomonie, WI 54751

Wherever you have access to technology

and reliable internet.

Availability  

Held every other month on the second Saturday from 8:30am – 12:30pm

2019 Schedule

  • March 9th
  • May 11th
  • July 20th (3rd Saturday)
  • September 14th
  • November 9th

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

**you have access to technology

and reliable internet

Course  Length    4 Hours  Depends on user’s pace; Estimated 8 hours
Cost  

$40 Early Registration                                                   (Paid at least one week before class)

$50 Day of Registration

*Cash or Money Order Only due to Extension Dunn County

$89 payment due to University of Minnesota Extension

** The online program is 100% facilitated through the University of Minnesota Extension, reduced fee options may be available however participant must navigate this payment on their own.

Requirements   Attendance; all other materials are provided including light refreshments and additional helpful resources.
  • Reliable computer and internet connection
  • Comfort with online learning
  • Ability to read in English at a 5th–8th grade level
Format Benefits  
  • Group interaction and learning opportunities
  • Connection to additional local agencies and resources
  • Teaching can be adjusted to individual participant’s needs
  • Available to anyone, anywhere, with an internet connection
  • Access to information controlled by user; can be completed as quickly or slowly as needed
Registration  

Two Options for Registration:                                              (1) Call Extension Dunn County 715-231-1636       OR    (2) Sign up online by completing this online         form: https://goo.gl/forms/KW2a2o3C6XXD7dWT2

You will register through the University of Minnesota online registration system. Here: https://extension.umn.edu/courses/parents-forevertm-online-course

 

Still not sure what to do?

We are here to help. Please give Extension Dunn County a call at 715-232-1636 to help you select the best class option for you.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who should attend this class?

This course is designed for divorcing parents, however, the material also assists parents who were never married and are now co-parenting.

Should we attend together or separately?

Some couples choose to attend the same class and some couples choose to attend separately; it is your decision.

If you have concerns about this, talk with the other parent and/or call Extension Dunn County’s Human Development and Relationships Educator, Stephanie Hintz at 715-232-1636 or smhintz@co.dunn.wi.us

What is covered in this course?

Topics discussed include:

  • The effects of divorce and conflict
  • How you can help yourself and your child(ren) cope better during stressful times and transitions.
  • How to co-parent so that everyone in the family recognizes how to keep children from being put in the middle.
  • Communication skills that can help you and your child(ren) lead happier, less stressful lives.

How does this class work?

     To complete the course you must attend the four-hour in person training or complete the eight-hour online course. You will receive a certificate of completion after completing your course. This certificate is what you need to show your judge, court personnel, or attorney if the course was court-ordered.    

Is childcare provided?

In short, no.

The longer answer, we hope to provide a youth component to this program in the future. However, it has not been implemented at this time.

How do these classes help families?

The single best predictor of a child’s well-being is continuing, meaningful involvement with both parents. This class helps illustrate the importance of self care, as children cope well when parents cope well. As well as how to have navigate new roles and expectations without putting the child(ren) in the middle.

Have more questions?

Please feel free to contact Extension Dunn County.

 

Stephanie Hintz, MSW
Human Development and Relationships Educator
Extension Dunn County 
3001 US Highway 12 East; Suite 102 
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715 232-1636
 
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