Parent Education Programs

A divorce or separation is between parents, but children are often caught in the middle. A parent education program can help you and your child’s other parent learn how to reduce the stress and other painful emotions your child may be feeling during this difficult time. You and your child’s other parent will learn how to cooperate in raising your child.

A parent education program can help almost all parents and children who are going through a divorce or separation. In certain cases, the court may require that you and your child’s other parent participate in a program.

Parent Education Classes

The organizations listed below offer 4-hour, in-person programs at locations throughout Maine. Many classes are offered on the weekend or in the evening.

Classes help parents understand:

  • Children’s needs as the family changes;
  • The effects of separation and divorce on children; and
  • Common ways children react to the break-up of their family.

Parents will learn:

  • How to talk with children about divorce, separation, and other changes;
  • Ways to deal with conflict without involving the children;
  • How to help children adjust to different households; and
  • How to co-parent successfully.

How to Register

Contact one of the organizations below directly for current program dates, locations, and information on registering. You must register ahead of time for the specific date you want. Some organizations offer online registration.

There is generally a fee to attend a workshop. Check with the organization directly about payment options.

Advocates for Children

Androscoggin County  (207) 783-9402

Advocates for Children is a community-based organization dedicated to fostering programs to both prevent child maltreatment and empower children and families to lead healthy, productive lives.
Programs are held in Lewiston.

Broadreach Family & Community Services

Waldo, Knox, and Lincoln Counties  (207) 338-2200

Broadreach Family & Community Services provides educational, health and social services programs for the residents of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln Counties in Maine.
For contact information and general information on the Kids First program, see its brochure.
Programs are held in Belfast.

For Kids’ Sake

Hancock and Penobscot Counties  (207) 942-9329

This program offers parent training to ease the transition for their kids’ sake.
For more information, please view and download its mail registration form. Programs are held in Bangor and Ellsworth.

Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP)

Kennebec and Somerset Counties  (207) 859-1500

KVCAP offers a one-day, four-hour workshop, designed to help parents address problems and promote reduction of the negative effects of divorce and separation.  See its brochure, registration form and calendar for classes.
Programs are held in Augusta, Skowhegan, and Waterville.

Kids First

Cumberland, Franklin, Sagadahoc, and York Counties  (207) 761-2709

Kids First Center offers classes and groups for parents to learn how to put the needs of their children first while dealing with the legal and financial pressures of divorce and separation. See its online registration link and calendar for options. Programs are held in Biddeford, Farmington, Portland, and Topsham.

ParentWorks/Home Counselors, Inc.

Knox and Lincoln Counties  (207) 596-0359

HCI provides parent education classes through ParentWorks, a monthly 4-hour skill building workshop designed for families in transition. Because of small class sizes and an interactive format, presenters learn enough about each person’s situation to adjust presentations to individual needs and interests. See its registration information and a schedule of classes for options. Programs are held in Newcastle, Rockland, and Wiscasset.

Additional Resources for Parents and Children

Families Change: Parent Guide to Separation & Divorce  Online guide created by Pine Tree Legal Assistance in collaboration with the Justice Education Society of British Columbia. This guide has age-appropriate information for kids, teens, and parents who are dealing with a family transition.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services offers information and many programs for families, including parents and children.