This week, Governor Fallin signed a bill into law requiring Oklahoma couples with minor children filing for divorce to attend an education program.  The program will cover the impacts of divorce on children.

What you may not know is that Family & Children’s Services has been offering this program to our community since the mid-1990’s.  The program is called Helping Children Cope With Divorce and is required by court rule for parties involved in any lawsuit involving custody, paternity, visitation or support of a minor child in these nine counties: Tulsa, Rogers, Wagoner, Mayes, Pawnee, Washington, Osage, Craig and Nowata.

Helping Children Cope With Divorce is a four-hour program that parents can attend in an evening or on a Saturday.  During our Helping Children Cope With Divorce seminar, parents learn how to:

  • Facilitate visitation,
  • Manage conflict,
  • Use effective parenting skills,
  • Avoid pitfalls and problems,
  • Assess if your child is having trouble,
  • Cope with financial obligations,
  • Make changes in the family structure easier for your child,
  • Understand children’s typical reactions, by developmental age, to divorce and change, and
  • Talk to your child about divorce and relationship ending.

Watch Family & Children’s Services’ Community Relations Manager, Carrie Little, talk about the class on Fox23’s Great Day Green Country by clicking HERE.

Read about the new bill in the Tulsa World by clicking HERE.

This class is open to the public.  Anyone in the community can attend.  Classes are held in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Bartlesville, and Claremore.  For more information and to register, click HERE.