Common Pleas Court Modifies
Mandatory Parenting Education Programs
July 1, 2012
The Hancock County Common Pleas Court will be giving a “facelift” to its divorce/dissolution educational programs provided to Hancock County families. Helping Ourselves through Parenting Education (H.O.P.E.), mandatory for all families seeking termination of marriage, is an educational program that provides parents and children information on the effects of divorce on the family. In an effort to improve access and provide effective family programming, the Court collaborated with Family Resource Center. As a result of the collaboration, the program will now be offered on a Saturday morning and a Tuesday evening each month, a new curriculum has been selected for parents and children, and a separate program has been created called P.A.C.T. (Parents Addressing Conflict through Training) for those families that have already attended the H.O.P.E. Program and are back in court seeking modification of residential parent or parenting time. The new programming and hours will be offered commencing July 1.2012 and will continue to be held at the Hancock County Courthouse. The Court is pleased to be able to offer improved educational services with enhanced access to Hancock County families struggling through divorce.
If you do not have a case pending, i.e. already filed, in Hancock County Common Pleas Court at the time you attend the H.O.P.E. or P.A.C.T. program, you are required to pay the Family Resource Center at the time you attend the class. For H.O.P.E., the first attending parent must pay $60.00. For P.A.C.T., each parent must pay $30.00. Payment must be made in cash and be the exact amount due. For those with pending cases in Hancock County Domestic Relations Court, the costs of the classes are paid through court costs and deposits made at the time of filing with the court.
YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND A CLASS AND MAY BE TURNED AWAY IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED. CALL 419-424-7818 TO REGISTER FOR THE REQUIRED CLASS.
Helping Ourselves through Parenting Education (H.O.P.E.) is a 2.5-hour educational program that provides information to parents and children on the effects of divorce on the family. The Court has collaborated and contracted with Family Resource Center to provide an updated evidence-based curriculum to families with minor children who are seeking divorce or dissolution of marriage. The groups are facilitated by Family Resource Family Educators and the Goals Include:
- Engaging parents in recognizing the effects on children when they are caught in the middle of parental conflicts.
- Helping parents learn new skills and apply them to their own situations.
- Encourage parents to let their children know that the children’s reactions in divorce are normal and to encourage the children to give parents feedback when problems occur.
H.O.P.E. Plus Program:
H.O.P.E. Plus runs concurrently with the H.O.P.E. program and provides information to children and adolescents on how divorce may affect them and their family and offers possible coping skills. H.O.P.E. Plus is provided in three age-appropriate segments to specifically help each group develop coping skills during their parents’ divorce.
- Kindergarten to 2nd grade
- 3rd to 6th grade
- 7th to 10th grade
Parents Addressing Conflict through Training (P.A.C.T.) is an entirely new , more in-depth educational program for parties involved in post-decree motions filed in the Hancock County Common Pleas Court in which a party seeks modification of residential parent or parenting time. These families have already attended the basic H.O.P.E. Program. These groups are facilitated by clinicians trained in working with families in crisis.