Working through a family transition like divorce, separation, or custody change can be difficult. University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development has developed Parents Forever™ to improve coparenting outcomes and ease some of the difficulties that come with these transitions.
Parents Forever™ is a research based curriculum developed in the 1990s and has recently been revised and tested. The course is offered in-person or online in order to meet the needs busy parents. It focuses on the whole family — children and parents.
If you are going through a divorce, separation, or custody change, Parents Forever™ can help you to:
- Avoid putting children in the middle of conflict.
- Create a formal co-parenting plan.
- Learn to communicate about parenting decisions.
- Recognize the role of self care, parent-child relationships, and co-parenting in child well-being.
- Identify resources and learn how to use these resources to promote resilience for all involved.
Here’s what two participants said about the course:
- “It was a very helpful class. I feel much more comfortable going into the future having a better understanding of what to expect and how to deal with it.”
- “Do not get rid of this class. It can and will save families.”
In addition, nearly 92 percent said of online participants said they would recommend the course and a majority of in-person participants would likely take follow up actions based on the curriculum — including adjusting their parenting practices to meet their children’s needs. For the latest information on Parent Forever™ courses, as well as more details about the program, visit the Parents Forever™ website.