HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH DIVORCE SEMINAR
Before proceedings can be finalized, adults filing for divorce in Bryan, Evans, Liberty, Long, McIntosh or Tattnall counties with children under the age of eighteen years old are required to attend a three-hour seminar about helping their children cope with divorce. Like many other judicial circuits throughout Georgia, The Atlantic circuit administrators require the seminar, which is designed to help parents assist their children during what is often a very stressful transition. This seminar may also be required of divorced parents involved in a change of custody, visitation modification, or legitimization.
Our seminar leaders recognize that a divorce creates many changes in the lives of all involved, especially children. One way of life, often the only way the child has known, is ending and there may be anxiety about the future. For a parent, a divorce can require many adjustments and despite the turmoil in a parent's life, he or she continues to have the responsibility to nurture the children involved.
Parents can help their children meet the challenges that divorce brings by understanding the process from a child's perspective. By knowing how youngsters feel about divorce and understanding normal reactions they may have to it, parents are better able to help their children transition.
Ultimately, the goal of this seminar is to help children and parents understand and adjust to the changes experienced and set the stage for future family growth.
How families experience divorce
Typical reactions of children
Specific needs of children based on developmental stage
Skills that help children cope
Pitfalls to avoid
Parenting and communication skills
Please note: While this seminar provides parents with valuable information to help their children cope with the stress of divorce, it is not a therapy or counseling session and should not be considered a substitute for either. If you feel you or your child is unable to cope adequately, professional help may be indicated and is available through the Fraser Counseling Center. Please contact us for an appointment.
Location and Schedule
FRASER COUNSELING CENTER
203 MARY LOU DRIVE
Seminars are held the first Wednesday of each month, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Schedules may vary due to nationally observed holidays. Sessions begin promptly at stated start time. Participants should arrive approximately 15 minutes early to check in and must bring $45 cash, money order, debit or credit card (no personal checks), payable to the Fraser Counseling Center. After satisfactorily completing the seminar, each participant will receive a certificate that may be presented to the court to confirm attendance. Certificates are not issued to late arrivals. Child care is NOT provided. Please do not bring children to the seminar.