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Children First Class

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013by Courtney

Children First Classes are scheduled at the Jasper County Health Department. This class is for any divorcing/separating couples who have minor children and is required by Illinois law. The purpose of the class is to help the parents understand the effects of the divorce/separation on their children and to reduce some of the negative consequences of this process. Children First Class is scheduled for afternoon hours Wednesday, August 21 from 3:00-7:00pm. with registration beginning at 2:30 pm. Cost of the classes are $75, due before the class begins. Do not bring your children to this session.

The next class will be Wednesday, September 18 with times at 8:00am-12:00pm, with registration beginning at 7:30am. You are required to complete the entire four hour session to be certified for the class. Also, do not bring your children to this session.

The State of Illinois requires couples who have minor children, participate in a minimum of four hours of education regarding divorce/separation, its effects on the children and other related issues such as custody and visitation. Couples should not be enrolled in the same group and there must be at least two clients enrolled to hold the month's session. Instructors for the course will be Amy Deel-Hout, M.S., LCPC and Stacey Ping, M.S., LPC, NCC, QMHP.

You may pre-register or for more information, phone the Jasper County Health Department at 618-783-4154 or come to the office at 106 E. Edwards Street in Newton at least a half hour early on the first day of class. Classes are held monthly with the next classes August 21 (3-7 p.m.), September 18 (8 a.m.-noon), October 16 (3-7 p.m.) and November 20 (8 a.m.-noon).