Topics covered include:
- Children's developmental stages and how these relate to divorce
- The emotional impact of a dissolution of marriage or separation on children
- Identifying the difference between "normal" grief reactions and more concerning behaviors, and finding resources
- The effect on children of parental conduct including long-distance parenting
- Strategies for better co-parenting during and after divorce or family separation
- Custody, parenting time and shared parenting plans
- Mediation and conflict resolution
- Additional supportive resources
To register for Parent Education
- Complete the registration form.
- Your class registration and instructions will come from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please either follow your email provider's instructions to add that address to your approved senders list or check your spam/junk filter before contacting Resolution Services about missing messages
- You may only register for yourself.
- The class fee is non-refundable. Before you register and pay, please make sure you are wanting to take the Clackamas County Parent Education class, not another county's class.
Rescheduling — including if you missed your class
- If you have already completed this form once and need to change your date or register again, please do not submit this form again, instead, email email@example.com and provide at least three upcoming Wednesday evening dates, more than one week out, in order of preference.
- You may change your registration to another date with at least 24-hours notice. If you do not provide 24-hours notice, you will need to pay a $75 reschedule fee.
Parent Education Class Materials
Frequently Asked Questions
All information below is accurate except that which relates to the class location, as the class is online-only until further notice.
Classes are held online via Zoom. You will need a device with audio and video capabilities to participate in this class. A laptop with camera is best, and smart phones typically work as well. Make sure you have enough charge to complete the 3.5 hour class. The Zoom link will be sent to you in an email the Friday prior to your scheduled class.30321
This is a one-day, 3 1/2 hour class, held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30–9 p.m. The class generally takes two breaks. You must attend the entire class to receive a Certificate of Attendance.30321
No. Childcare is not provided during the class. Please make alternate arrangements for your children.30321
Classes are usually 25–32 people.30321
Each class is taught by two Parent Education Trainers. All CCRS Parent Education Trainers come from a variety of backgrounds in which their educational, occupational and life experiences lend them knowledge of children and divorce, and an ability to teach that knowledge to parents.30321
You may register and pay online. You will receive a payment confirmation from the bank, and another class date confirmation once we place you in a class which takes a few business days.
You may register and take the class before or after you have filed for your divorce or other action. Please be mindful that if you have an upcoming hearing, we book 1–2 weeks in advance, and plan accordingly.30321
The Parent Education Program fee is $75 for each participant. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. This fee is nonrefundable.30321
Participants may be eligible for a fee waiver for the Parent Education Program, if the party presents a verified affidavit of indigency to the Court and it is granted by the Court. Please speak with Resolution Services staff if you think you may be eligible for a waiver.30321
Resolution Services requires at least 24 hours notice of cancellation. Canceling with at least 24 hours notice allows us to make the space available for another participant. If you do not show for a scheduled class, or call to cancel with less than 24 hour notice, you will be assessed a $75 reschedule fee when you register for a new class.30321
All parties to an annulment, dissolution (divorce), legal separation, custody or visitation action, or post-decree litigation involving custody or visitation, where the interest of a child under the age of 18 is involved, are required to attend the class. See ORS 3.425 and SLR 8.015 or more information. Clackamas County Resolution Services does not have authority to waive the class requirement. If you wish to request a waiver of the class requirement you can discuss this with your attorney or the judge hearing your case.30321
You are not required to attend the same class as the other parent. At registration, CCRS staff asks each person if they would prefer to be in a separate class. If either party wishes to be in a separate class, we schedule them separately. Further, if a restraining order or domestic violence has occurred between the parties in the last year, parties must attend separate classes.30321
Resolution Services is committed to client safety. Staff conducts an initial screening with each registrant at time of registration, to determine the presence of domestic violence and/or restraining orders between the parties, and to take steps to protect the safety of the participants. If there has been domestic violence between the parties at any time within the last 12 months, CCRS will schedule parties in separate classes. Participants are encouraged to share any concerns they have about their own or another person's safety with CCRS staff.30321
Participation in the Parent Education class is a matter of public record and therefore is not protected by confidentiality. However, in the interest of client safety, Resolution Services will not provide the future class date that a participant has registered for to any person other than the participant.30321
At the end of the class, we will file the Certificate of Attendance with the court on your behalf for parties who have an action in Clackamas County. For questions about the status of entering the Certificate of Attendance into the court record, contact the courthouse at 503-655-8447.
If you do not have a pending action in Clackamas County, we will send you the Certificate of Attendance. If you later file and have a court case number, you will need to complete the case caption (Petitioner & Respondent) and the court case number and provide the Certificate of Attendance to the Clerk of the Court in the appropriate jurisdiction.
Parties who have an action in another county are responsible for providing the Certificate of Attendance to the Clerk of the Court in the appropriate jurisdiction. If you have a court date in the very near future, you may wish to take a copy of the certificate to the court yourself as well.30321
Smoking is not permitted in the building. You may smoke outside the building during the breaks.30321
Class materials are provided online. You will find them on the Parent Education page of our website. You may review them at any time.30321