Focus on the Kids, helping your child cope with parents at odds

Focus on the Kids: Helping Your Child Cope with Parents at Odds

This program is mandated by the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of McHenry County.

Co-parenting offers a variety of challenges even in the best of conditions. Focus on the Kids: Helping Your Child Cope with Parents at Odds offers families going through this change an opportunity to understand the impact separated parents can have on children. Parents who are more aware of this impact are prepared to make decisions that promote the well being of their child(ren). The program assists parents in developing solutions to common and unique dilemmas families face during this process of change. Parents will have the opportunity to learn effective ways of communicating with each other and learn to make decisions that are in the best interest of their child(ren).

Designed as a four-hour educational class, Focus on the Kids seeks to assist parents in understanding and responding to the needs of their child(ren) and to help their children cope with their feelings.

Focus on the Kids covers:

Registration and Class Information

The class is mandated for any parent in the process of divorce or who is involved in after-divorce proceedings in which there are minor children involved. Parents involved in parentage actions, and ordered by the court must also attend.
This program is designed to offer parents the opportunity to learn about, and discuss the effects of divorce and separation on minor children. This class is intended to educate parents, not counsel them.
Participants attend either two, two-hour classes or one, four-hour class. You may attend either two consecutive Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., two consecutive Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. combination (when available), or a four-hour Saturday class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. (when available).
Classes are held at McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake. Room location and class date will be included in the confirmation letter that will be mailed to the address you register with. Map and driving directions ⇒
Course fee is $75 per person (materials included) and is due in full at the time of registration. Pay the fee to McHenry County College; DO NOT pay the Court. We accept personal check (no starter checks), certified bank check, money order or Visa, MasterCard or Discover. You must make a cash payment in person in A258 at MCC, 8900 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake.

You should know that:

  • When you complete the class, we will communicate your attendance to the Court if you have registered with a case number. If you register without a case number, it is your responsibility to file your certificate of completion with the court.
  • Effective January 1, 2015 each reschedule will result in a $25 reschedule fee. To reschedule call (815) 479-7591.
  • You will be charged a $15 fee for replacement certificates.
  • Participants must be on time for each session. Latecomers will not be admitted to class.
  • It is court mandated that parents can not attend the same class.
  • Children are not allowed in the class. Please make childcare arrangements.


All program facilitators are mental health professionals with a master's degree in the field of mental health or attorneys who specialize in divorce cases. All facilitators have extensive experience in dealing with divorce and its effects on children.

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