Child Abuse Prevention Agency

A&E Family Services 

improving family life, 

knowledge and understanding  


​​Co Parenting Classes

    The Co Parenting Class creates an opportunity for parents and family members to shift their attention from the personal aspects of divorce to the needs of their children.  By using a psycho-educational approach, this program focuses on the enhancement of the children's ability to function within their families, the relationship between the separate households, and how to improve the parental relationship to provide a nurturing, non-threatening home environment.  This Class is suited for all parents, grandparents, or others that directly or indirectly influence decisions about children.

     A divorce is never a first choice or a desired end and it is the children who are caught in the middle.  We at A&E Family Services know the importance of protecting children's innocence while continuing to provide for their development.  Through our Co Parenting Class, A&E Family Services works to strengthen families by providing adults the skills to maintain a much more effective relationship that will provide a nurturing, non-threatening environment for their children.

     When families do break up parents need to learn how to help their child adjust to the changes in their lives.  A&E Family Services  helps improve the quality of the parental relationship by reducing conflict and to impress on parents their critical role in helping their child adjust through Co Parenting.

Benefits Children by:

Reducing their symptoms of stress as parental conflict decreases
Increasing the likelihood of keeping two actively involved parents
Diminishing their sense of needing to choose between parents
Creating a more relaxed home atmosphere
Reducing the likelihood of adolescent drug and alcohol problems, teen pregnancy, dropping out of school, crime.

Benefits Parents by:

Teaching effective communication and conflict resolution skills
Helping to recognize the importance of parental bonds with both parents
Fostering sensitivity to the child's needs and feelings
Enabling parents to accept personal responsibility for their own actions
Establishing the long-term benefits of Parenting
Acknowledging the financial responsibilities of both parents

 Co Parenting Class will cover:

Emotional effects of divorce,
Emotional and behavioral reactions to divorce by children,
Parenting issues relating to specific developmental stages,
Stress indicators in children,
Conflict Management,
Family stabilization through Parenting relationship development,
Financial responsibilities of parenting,
Family violence,
Spousal abuse,
Child abuse and neglect, and
Community resources and services