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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Parents Forever™ Courses Earn High Marks from Participants

By Mary Vitcenda, Senior Editor — Center for Family Development

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.
Parents Forever™ courses have earned high marks from participants, according to the recently released 2015 Parents Forever™ Annual Report. The report summarizes responses to surveys from 2,164 individuals who participated in Parents Forever™ online and in-person courses in 2015.

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.

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