Cooperative parenting is a challenge, even in
the best of circumstances. When parents are raising children in two
homes, it can be a very difficult experience for everyone
involved. Children need structure; they donâ€™t need to feel guilt
or blame for things that they cannot control; above all, children
deserve happy and engaged parents every day. It is in the best
interest of children, regardless of the status of their parentsâ€™
relationship, to have parents who can at least agree to raise their
children in a cooperative manner.
The goals of the Cooperative Parenting workshop are to demonstrate to parents going through divorce, separation and custody issues how to prevent and/or manage conflict and how to communicate positively with the other parent. Facilitators will educate on the dynamics of parenting; provide information that helps parents understand the effects of separation/divorce on children; raise awareness of childrenâ€™s developmental stages aimed at on-going, meaningful relationships between children and both parents following family break-up; and, promote positive parenting practices aimed at helping childrenâ€™s healthy adjustment.
Participants of the Cooperative Parenting Workshop will receive information on many topics, including:
Â· Home Responsibilities for Children
Â· Economic issues (e.g., savings accounts)
Â· Removing children from parental conflict
Â· The Courtâ€™s role
Â· Parents retaining control of the mediation process
Through scenarios which involve role-play, participants will observe different communication styles. Active participation between the facilitators and the participants is invited and encouraged.
A Certificate of Completion will be filed in the courtâ€™s file for those parents who have completed the workshop, and will be accepted by the judicial officer hearing their case.
Cooperative Parenting Workshop
The Cooperative Parenting Workshop is conducted at the historic courthouse located
at 41 W. Yaney Avenue, Sonora, CA 95370. Workshops are held from 2:00 â€“ 4:00 PM
every other Thursday in Courtroom (Department) 5 by appointment.*
Pre-Mediation Workshops are held from 1:00 â€“ 2:00 PM every other Thursday in
Courtroom (Department) 5 by appointment.*
*Court personnel will schedule parents for particular workshop sessions.
CHILDCARE IS NOT PROVIDED, PLEASE DO NOT BRING CHILDREN.