Family Courts

Focus On Children (Co-Parenting Workshop)
Co-parenting education seeks to provide parents with the information & skills necessary to promote healthier communication with each other and their children and provide parents with information about the needs of children as they grow. 
Focus on Children is not a parenting class.  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 problem-solving. 

The class is mandatory throughout the state & consistently demonstrates its effectiveness in keeping parents focused on reducing conflict for the sake of their children.

Common Answers to Questions:
1) Please check your court order to verify the location AND date for which you have been ordered to attend.
2) All classes are held on Tuesday nights.

3) All classes start promptly at 6:00 p.m.
4) Please pay your $35 fee prior to the class starting. You may pay just prior to the class or any time during courthouse operating hours.
5) Please be on time. If you are more than 10 minutes late you may be asked to attend the next available class.
6) 
If you have safety concerns, a Civil Protection Order, a No Contact Order, or a scheduling request, you must contact Family Court Services so the parties attend a different workshop.
The Focus on Children Order DOES NOT supersede a CPO or NCO.
7) 
In order to attend a different class or change date/location of a court-ordered date, you must make changes at least 24 hours in advance. Call the Family Court Services Manager- 208.236.7416 lacyp@bannockcounty.us


Current Locations & Schedules

Bannock County (Pocatello):  12/11/18, 1/8/19, 1/29/19, 2/19/19, 3/12/19, 4/2/19, 4/23/19, 5/14/19, 6/4/19, 6/25/19, 7/16/19, 8/16/19, 8/27/19
Bannock County Courthouse
624 East Center Street.
Pocatello, ID 83201
Register in Room 108 PRIOR to the class beginning. Registration can be completed the night of.

Franklin County (Preston): 12/4/18, 1/8/19, 2/5/19, 3/5/19, 4/2/19, 5/7/19, 6/4/19
Franklin County Courthouse
39 W. Oneida St.
Preston, ID 83263
Registration must be completed PRIOR to the date of the class, during courthouse operating hours.
Payment will not be accepted the night of the class.

Caribou County (Soda Springs):  12/11/18 (No-Class) 1/8/19, 2/12/19, 3/12/19, 4/9/19, 5/14/19, 6/11/18, 7/9/19
Caribou County Courthouse
159 South Main St.
Soda Springs, ID 83276
Registration must be completed PRIOR to the date of the class during courthouse operating hours.
Payment will not be accepted the night of the class.


SILVER LININGS-CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP
***Children’s Support Group***

Mandatory for Bannock County Cases
If you have children ages 6-17, who are children of both parties, and who have not previously attended, you are will be ordered to bring your children to the Silver Linings workshop (Bannock County only). This workshop is held on the same date and time as the Focus on Children class.
Children are FREE and will not be charged to get into this workshop. Children are served dinner.
All classes start promptly at 6:00 pm.
IMPORTANT***If you have safety concerns, a Civil Protection Order, a No Contact Order, or a scheduling request, please contact Family Court Services Manager- 208.236.7416 so the parties may attend a different workshop.*** 

Open Letter to all Parents- Focus on Children Open Letter to all Parents-Silver Linings

Focus on Children includes:

  • 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, reducing conflict.
  • 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. 

Lacy Parker- Family Court Services Manager- Ph: 208-236-7416

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