Separation or divorce can be a time of pain, confusion and sorrow for all involved. Both adults and children may feel a great sense of loss and often need help in coping with all the changes that follow.
For the Sake of the Children provides information to help parents understand:
what they and their children are going through
what their children's needs are
what they can do to help themselves and their children cope and adjust
Children's healthy adjustment to the changing family depends on how well parents handle the separation. Research and experience show that conflict between parents hurts children more than the separation itself. For the Sake of the Children looks at ways to reduce this conflict, keep children from being caught in the middle, and keep communication between parents respectful and positive.
For the Sake of the Children will benefit all adults going through a separation or divorce, where children are involved. New court rules make program attendance mandatory for people who are requesting or responding to requests for custody, access or private guardianship. Parents attend separate sessions. This free of charge program is also open to grandparents, other family members and interested people.
For the Sake of the Children is a six-hour program divided into two seminars of three hours each.
The first seminar focuses on:
adults’ experience of separation
children’s experience of separation
children’s needs and reactions at different ages
alternatives to court
costs of conflict
The second seminar focuses on:
effects of conflict on children
ongoing parenting and communication with the other parent
ways to lower conflict between parents
extended family and new partner issues
communicating with your children
After separation, different families have different needs for communication and safety between parents. To address these differences, several program options are offered in the second seminar. One is designed to help in situations where there are lower levels of conflict, another where conflict levels are higher. A third option addresses both lower and higher conflict situations. For the Sake of the Children program staff can help you decide which option will best meet your needs.
Program participants will view videos and receive written materials. Participants may be asked to complete a questionnaire to help evaluate the program.
The video, Legal Considerations is presented during the 2-part program seminar. Participants can view specific sections to follow up on legal information covered in the seminar.
How to register
To register for a seminar in Winnipeg, call 204-945-4257, or toll free at 1-800-282-8069 extension 4257.
To register for a seminar outside Winnipeg, please call the Family Conciliation Services office nearest you: