What to expect
The Parenting Education Program at Hockanum Valley Community Council, Inc. is led by a team of trained professionals in the counseling or related field. Class size varies and typically ranges from six to fifteen participants. Classes are held in our comfortable, accessible, private office space. You will be treated with respect, professionalism and sensitivity.

These classes are designed to educate adults about the many issues children face when their family situation changes. The program trains participants about how to help children adjust in a healthy way to divorce or living apart from a parent. The program includes information about children's developmental stages, helping children adjust to parent separation, cooperative parenting, conflict management and dispute, resolution techniques, guidelines for visitation and parent access, and stress reduction for children.

If you have children under age eighteen, the court orders that you must participate in a parenting education program with-in sixty (60) days after a family case is filed in court. All parties involved in divorce, dissolution of a civil union, annulment, separation, custody or visitation cases are required by law to participate in a parenting education program. Both judges and family support magistrates have the authority to order your participation in the program.

In order to participate in a parenting education program you must make the arrangements yourself. A list of the programs approved by the court can be found at the court or online at http://www.jud.ct.gov/publications/fm151.pdf. You may attend any approved parenting education program in the state. Approved programs are listed in the brochure that you received from the court. If you are reading this, that means you have chosen or are considering choosing Hockanum Valley Community Council, Inc. as your service provider. This page reviews information found in the brochure in addition to providing specific information about the Parenting Education Program at Hockanum Valley Community Council, Inc. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, Hockanum, Valley Community Council, Inc. will provide you and the court a certificate of completion.


Instructions for participants
Parenting education programs are six hours. The Parenting Education Program at Hockanum Valley Community Council, Inc. is offered in one six hour class on a Saturday of a designated weekend.

If you have chosen Hockanum Valley Community Council, Inc. as your service provider, please contact our office at (860) 872-9825 to speak with one of our administrative staff professionals. You will be asked a few brief questions, informed of the next available class and assisted in registering for the class that you choose. Our class schedule is found above for your convenience. Be sure to inform us if you have been ordered to complete the program by a certain date. Your registration for a class will be confirmed in writing in a letter that is mailed prior to the start of a class. We will accept class registrations up to and on the day of a scheduled class, pending there is space available. In these cases, a phone call will serve as your registration confirmation. 
Remember to bring the parenting education certification form and fee waiver form (if applicable) with you to the first class.

We request that participants prepare for the class by visiting www.uptoparents.org to become familiar with many of the topics that will be addressed throughout the program. A copy of the materials used in the parenting education program at Hockanum Valley Community Council, Inc. can be viewed online here
We highly encourage participants to print out this material to bring with them to their class.

Class Time: 8:30am-3:00pm

How much does the program cost?
Participation in a parenting education program costs $150 per person. You must pay the program provider directly. The fee is not paid to the court. If you cannot afford the fee, complete an Application for Waiver of Fees form (JD-FM-75) and file it with the clerk. If you are in court when you are ordered to attend a program, and you are unable to afford the fee, you may request that the fee be waived at that time. 
If your fee is waived, you must bring the court approved fee waiver to the program provider upon your first class.

All parties may attend the same parenting education class, but you do not have to. Upon registering for a class, you will be asked if you prefer to be in a different class from another party. Please inform us when you call to register if you want to be in a different class from any other party. If you are afraid of any of the parties involved in your case, or afraid you may be in danger if you attend class with them, ask for separate classes when you register. Or, you may register with a different program. Remember, you may attend any approved program in the state.