Family Courts


Focus On Children Workshop
The workshop is mandatory throughout the state of Idaho & consistently demonstrates its effectiveness in keeping parents focused on reducing conflict for the sake of their children.

 

Idaho Supreme Court Response to COVID-19 Emergency
Focus on Children In-Person Classes have been transitioned to our online format.  

You are still required to take this course. Outside Online Courses WILL NOT be accepted.
Family Court Services staff will contact individuals to discuss the online transition.
Please read the payment options below. 

 

Current Sixth District Locations & Schedules

Bannock County:  March-September ONLINE 
10/6/20, 11/3/20, 12/1/20
Bannock County Courthouse
624 East Center Street.
Pocatello, ID 83201
You must be registered for the class 24 hours PRIOR to the date you wish to attend. 
After registering, payment can be completed the night of, up to 15 minutes prior to the class in Room 108.  You may also pay any day prior to your class during courthouse operating hours, M-F, 8-5.

Franklin County: March-September ONLINE
10/6/20, 11/5/20 (TH), 12/1/20, 1/5/21
Franklin County Courthouse
39 W. Oneida St.
Preston, ID 83263
Registration/Payment must be completed PRIOR to the date of the class, during courthouse operating hours.
Payment will not be accepted the night of the class.

Bear Lake / Caribou / Oneida / Power Counties:
March-December ONLINE
Contact Family Court Services Manager
Lacy Parker
208-236-7416 for more information.
Registration/Payment must be completed PRIOR to the date of the class during courthouse operating hours.
Payment will not be accepted the night of the class.

IMPORTANT-If you have safety concerns, a Civil Protection Order, a No Contact Order, or a scheduling request (24 hours in advance), please contact Family Court Services - 208.236.7416 to make appropriate accommodations. 

Parents are required to find appropriate accommodations for their children while attending the in-person Focus On Children workshop.

Focus on Children offers:

  • Information and options on how to help your children during this transition.
  • How parental conflict affects children.
  • Children's reactions to the separation and/or ongoing conflict between the parents via video.
  • Attachment and developmental issues of children explained by a mental health professional. *This is not therapy/counseling*
  • Education on the Judicial process and services: least invasive, parental control, judicial resources, reducing conflict.
  • Community & online resources

IMPORTANT: IF YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN DO NOT ATTEND THE WORKSHOPS AS REQUIRED, IF YOU DISRUPT A WORKSHOP, IF YOU DO NOT STAY UNTIL IT IS OVER, OR IF YOU FAIL TO PAY THE REQUIRED FEES, THE COURT MAY HOLD YOU IN CONTEMPT AND TAKE FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE ORDER INTO CONSIDERATION IN MAKING FUTURE CUSTODY DECISIONS.
Cash, check, money order and credit card (3% service fee) are all accepted.

Payment Options

We are transitioning the court ordered Focus on Children Parenting class to an online accommodation. Please use one of the below payment options to first make your $35 class payment. Once you have made your payment with court records, Family Court Services will e-mail you a link to the class video along with a questionnaire to complete and return. You will need to make your payment and complete the class NO LATER THAN YOUR COURT ORDERED ATTENDANCE DATE.

PHONE PAYMENT WITH COURT RECORDS:
Please call Court Records at 208-236-7352 to make your payment over the phone.

IN-PERSON PAYMENT AT COURTHOUSE:
Please come in and visit room 108 (Court Records) to make your payment in person via cash, money order, or check.

DROP PAYMENT OFF AT COURTHOUSE:
Drop off payment via cash, check, cashier check, or money order in the Bonds & Fines drop box in front of the courthouse. Please attention it to Diane and include your name, case number, purpose of payment (Focus on Children), and phone number in case there is an issue with payment. Please be aware that drop off payments will take longer to process.


We know parents are the experts about their children.  Regardless of the shared
parenting arrangements you chose, research has shown children cope best when they are not caught in the middle of their parents’ conflict. Focus on children is here to assist families during times of change and offer parents tools for peaceful transitions and resolutions. Focus on Children is not a parenting class.
https://www.afccnet.org/Portals/0/PDF/AzAFCC%20Coparenting%20Communication%20Guide.pdf

Family Court Services Manager- Ph: 208-236-7416 / lacyp@bannockcounty.us

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