Family Courts

Bannock County GIS Department
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.

Current Sixth District Locations & Schedules

Bannock County (Pocatello):  2/18/20, 3/10/20, 3/31/20, 4/21/20, 5/12/20, 6/2/20, 6/23/20, 7/14/20, 8/4/20, 8/25/20, 9/15/20, 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 (Preston): 11/7/19 (TH) 12/3/19, 1/7/20, 2/4/20, 3/3/20, 4/7/20, 5/5/20, 6/2/20, 7/7/20, 8/4/20, 9/1/20, 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.

Caribou County (Soda Springs):  Contact Family Court Services Manager for information regarding classes. 208.236.7416
Caribou County Courthouse
159 South Main St.
Soda Springs, ID 83276
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. 


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

Beginning March 10, 2020 children will NO longer be ordered to attend the in-person support group.
Parents are required to find appropriate accommodations for their children while attending their 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.

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 start of class. You may pay up to 15 minutes prior to the class (Bannock County only) or any time before your scheduled date, 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. (If you have a current CPO/NCO with the other party, DO NOT attend the class together).
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. 


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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