Overview

A.C.T. ~ For the Children is dedicated to reducing the negative impact of a parental breakup on children in the Rochester, NY area.

Mission Statement:

A.C.T. ~ For the Children is dedicated to reducing the negative impact of a parental breakup on children. The program provides parents with information and skills for protecting their children by reducing conflict, strengthening parent-child relationships, and fostering children’s healthy development.

Target Groups:

Separating and divorcing parents in the Rochester, NY area.

Description:

A four and one-half hour class that provides divorcing or separating parents with information and strategies to help their children and themselves through the often difficult family changes caused by a divorce or separation. The primary goal is to teach parents ways that they can reduce the stress of family changes, parent effectively, and protect their children from the harmful effects of ongoing conflict that can occur when there is a divorce or separation. A.C.T.~For the Children is presented through the volunteer efforts of mental health professionals, judges, and attorneys.

What to Expect:

The class consists of two components:

  • Legal Process – addresses the factors judges consider when making a custody decision, child support, importance of complying with court orders, and ways to resolve issues of the breakup through negotiation or litigation.
  • Parent and Child Well-Being – looks at the impact of the breakup on parents and children, the importance of parents taking care of themselves so they can parent well, how to have a good relationship with and provide support for your child , the importance of keeping your child out of your conflict with the other parent and ways to interact with the other parent that can reduce conflict.

Parents are provided with a Parent’s Handbook and Resource Manual. Other helpful materials are available. The class is taught in a downtown Rochester location – exact location to be provided with confirmation of enrollment.