Seminars for Parents and Children

Children need:

  • Parents who listen.
  • Parents who can work together to set limits and enforce rules.
  • Parents who are dependable and reliable.
  • Parents who are respectful of them, and to the other parent.
  • Parents who put their children’s needs above their own feelings and desires.
  • Parents who support them emotionally, physically, and financially.

In an effort to help parents with changes to the family dynamic and to teach conflict resolution skills, the Court requires that all parties in cases of divorce, dissolution and legal separation attend the Still Parents seminar.  Never-married parents who file parentage actions (i.e., custody cases) with the Court are required to attend the Working Together seminar.  As an optional program, the Court offers a children’s program, Looking Forward, for children of divorce and separated parents.

Divorce is a very stressful experience for parents and children.  Although you may decide to end your marriage, you will continue to be mother and father.

This two-hour seminar will focus on what children need from both of you during and after your divorce.  The group will provide practical information that you can apply to your divorce situation.  It will teach skills for helping your children manage divorce successfully. This will include handling “tough situations and tough questions.”

WHO:  The Court requires that all parents with minor children who are parties to a divorce, dissolution or legal separation attend this seminar.  A Certificate of Attendance will be given to participants who successfully complete the entire session. A copy of the certificate must be filed with the Clerk of Courts to verify attendance.

WHAT: Topics include:

  • The experience of divorce for adults.
  • How children react to divorce.
  • Learning to co-parent with your former spouse after divorce.
  • How to avoid placing your child “in the middle” of parental conflict.
  • Recognizing when additional help is needed, what community resources are available and more.
  • There are special children’s programs for children six to eleven years old and twelve and older.

WHEN: Parents involved in a divorce or separation must attend within 45 days after completion of service.  Parents involved in a dissolution must attend within 45 days of the filing of the Petition for Dissolution and before the final hearing on the Petition for Dissolution.

  • Time: Two seminars are held each month. They are routinely scheduled for the second Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and the fourth Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. However, some dates are subject to change because of holidays and/or room availability.
  • Pre-registration: Both parents must pre-register. Parents who have not pre-registered will not be guaranteed admission. Please call the Court at 330-725-9740 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for seminar dates and locations, and to register.
  • NOTE: If there is a Civil Protection Order, the parents must attend separately.
  • NOTE: Please arrive ten minutes early to sign in, receive materials and complete forms.

2018 Still Parents Seminar Schedule
January 11, Thursday
January 27, Saturday

February 08, Thursday
February 24, Saturday†

March 08, Thursday
March 24, Saturday‡

April 12, Thursday£
April 28, Saturday

May 10, Thursday
May 19, Saturday†£

June 14, Thursday
June 23, Saturday‡

July 12, Thursday
July , Saturday

August 09, Thursday
August 25, Saturday†

September 13, Thursday
September 22, Saturday‡

October 11, Thursday
October 27, Saturday

November 08, Thursday£
November 17, Saturday†£

December 06, Thursday£
December 15, Saturday‡£

†Indicates children’s program for 6 to 11 year-olds held concurrently
‡Indicates children’s program for 12 and older is held concurrently
£ Indicates date was changed to accommodate a holiday/room availability

WHERE: Still Parents and Looking Forward (Children’s) Seminars are held at the Gift Exchange Center (a.k.a. the Supervised Parenting Time & Safe Exchange Center) located at 4046 Medina Road (former YWCA building) in Medina. Parking is available at the front of the building.

Having a child is one of the biggest decisions a person can make.  Being a parent brings many challenges.  Both mothers and fathers bring to parenting many different and unique strengths and skills that children need in order to grow.

WHO: All unmarried parents who are parties to parentage actions (i.e., the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities cases a.k.a. custody cases) are required to attend.  The Court will automatically schedule you for the seminar.  A Certificate of Attendance will be given to participants who successfully complete the entire session.  A copy of the certificate must be filed with the Clerk of Courts to verify attendance.

WHAT: Parents also have both rights and responsibilities regarding their children.  Never-married parents frequently may have questions about these rights and responsibilities, especially regarding custody, visitation, and child support. The Working Together program, which is sponsored by the Court, is designed to help parents better understand the answers to these questions, and to work together to give their child/children the guidance and love that they need to grow up healthy and strong.

WHEN: The seminar is conducted on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Seminars are held at the Medina County Domestic Relations Court, 99 Public Square, Second Floor, Medina, Ohio  44256.

  • PLEASE DO NOT BRING CHILDREN TO THE SEMINAR. Childcare is not provided, and children will not be permitted in the classroom. Only parties to the case are permitted in the classroom.
  • NOTE: Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled session to sign in. Late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the classroom and will be rescheduled at the Court’s convenience.

2018 Working Together Seminar Schedule
January 16, Tuesday
February 20, Tuesday
March 20, Tuesday
April 17, Tuesday
May 15, Tuesday
June 19, Tuesday
July 17, Tuesday
August 21, Tuesday
September 18, Tuesday
October 16, Tuesday
November 20, Tuesday
December 18, Tuesday

Children often experience confusing feelings and beliefs during and after their parents’ divorce They are frequently caught in the vacuum created by the separation and the ensuing rearrangement of interpersonal relationships.

Children often have questions about divorce. Children often have feelings about divorce that are difficult to share. Children wonder what will happen to them, their family and their lives.

WHO: This program is helpful for children to see and be with others who are going through similar experiences. This program will allow children to interact in a group setting and participate in activities geared toward answering questions about divorce and talking out their feelings. The groups are conducted by licensed social workers and counselors with experience in working with children of divorce.

WHAT: This program teaches…

  • Ways to share one’s thoughts and feelings about divorce.
  • Ways to keep beliefs and fears about divorce in a balanced perspective.
  • Respectful ways to let people know your needs and wishes.
  • How to problem solve.

WHEN: This program is conducted in conjunction with the “Still Parents” program.  Since both programs are conducted in the same building, it is very convenient for the parent(s) and child(ren) to attend at the same time.  The classes are held on Saturdays according to the schedule below.

  • Attendance at “Looking Forward” is encouraged for any child from age six to fifteen years old and whose parents have been or are parties to a divorce, dissolution or separation in Medina County Domestic Relations Court. The Court may require attendance in post-decree matters concerning the allocation of parental rights.
  • Pre-registration: The children’s registration can be made at the same time the parents register for their programs by calling the Court at (330) 725-9740 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Please phone at least three days in advance of the seminar.

2018 Looking Forward Seminar Schedule

March 24, Saturday
June 23, Saturday
September 22, Saturday
December 15, Saturday

February 24, Saturday
May 19, Saturday
August 25, Saturday
November 17, Saturday

WHERE: Still Parents and Looking Forward (Children’s) Seminars are held at the Gift Exchange Center (a.k.a. the Supervised Parenting Time & Safe Exchange Center) located at 4046 Medina Road (former YWCA building) in Medina. Parking is available at the front of the building.

All groups are sponsored by:
Judge Mary Kovack
Medina County Domestic Relations Court
99 Public Square, 2nd Floor
Medina, Ohio 44256

All groups are coordinated by: Barbara Hofelich, LISW-S