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Parents Forever™ in-person courses

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Parents Forever ™ is an educational program for families experiencing a:

  • Divorce.

  • Separation.

  • Change in custody.

Parents and other caregivers take a course like Parents Forever ™ for several reasons. Usually they fall into two groups:

  • They were told to take a parent education course by their judge, court personnel or attorney.

  • They were concerned about their own and their children’s wellbeing after a family transition.

Parents Forever ™ has been approved by the Minnesota Supreme Court. It meets and exceeds expectations for court mandated parent education in Minnesota.

What will you learn?

Taking a Parents Forever ™ course will help you learn valuable skills and tools. This will help to reduce the effects of the family transition on yourself and your children.

After completing a Parents Forever™ course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the family transition journey and how each family member will be affected.

  • Recognize the role of self-care, parent-child relationships, and co-parenting in child well-being.

  • Identify internal and external resources and strategize how to leverage these resources to promote resilience for all involved.

What is covered by the course?

Parents Forever™ courses are organized into five main sessions.


What can I expect from the course?

All Parents Forever™ courses in Minnesota are at least 8 hours in length.

You will receive a certificate of completion after completing your course. This certificate is what you need to show your judge, court personnel, or attorney if the course was court-ordered.

The majority of the in-person Parents Forever™ courses are offered through community partners. These partner organizations:

  • Have been trained by University of Minnesota Extension staff.

  • Have been “authorized” to deliver the program, which means the program is committed to high standards in quality.

  • Manage their own programs.

  • Set their own class schedules. Programs vary in terms of how they divide the 8 hours into classes, and whether evening or weekend offerings are available.

  • Set their own pricing structure.

That being said, Minnesota statute requires all court-approved parent education courses to have pricing options for those who cannot afford to pay. To discuss pricing options, you would contact the sponsoring organization directly.

Also, partners who offer in-person Parents Forever™ courses are committed to meeting ADA-related accommodation requests. Contact the sponsoring organization directly for requests.

Finding a course near you

University of Minnesota Extension has partnered with community partners to offer Parents Forever™ courses throughout the state. In-person courses are offered in each of Minnesota’s 10 judicial districts.

Click on a county below to see more about the in-person offerings.

Online courses for Parents Forever™ are also available. See the following links for more information.

Can’t decide which version of the course to take? See In-person and online course comparison.

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