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

Focus on the Kids:
Helping Your Child Cope

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 offers parents the opportunity to understand the impact divorce and separation can have on their child(ren). 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 faced by families 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 interests 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:

  • Parents Forever
  • Developing a Parenting Plan
  • Communicating with Your Children When Parents End Their Relationship
  • Communicating with the Other Parent
  • Helping Children Cope
  • Stages of Loss and Grief
  • How Loss Affects Child Development
  • Parenting Time
  • Emotional Games Parents and Children Play
  • Dealing with Anger

Note: 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.

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.
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. or Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (815) 479-7591 for current schedule dates
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.
Several ways to register
  • Mail completed form with money order (checks are not accepted) (in amount of $75) to: McHenry County College, Attn: Dee Comella, 8900 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012-2761
  • In person, bring your completed form to McHenry County College‚Äôs main campus Room A258 Registration Office where you may pay with cash, credit card, debit card, or money order. Checks are not accepted.
  • Phone with credit card or debit card information: (815) 479-7591.

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.
  • 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.
  • Non-English speaking parents need to provide their own interpreter
  • Each reschedule will result in a $25 reschedule fee. To reschedule call (815) 479-7591.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants must complete the program within four months of their start date, or MCC may require that participant pay the registration fee in full to re-register.


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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