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Mandatory Education for Divorcing Parents

Iowa law requires that parties to any action which involves the issues of child custody or visitation must attend a court-approved course about the affects of divorce on children. In all judicial districts, there are courses such as “Children in the Middle or Children Cope with Divorce. These classes are designed to help minimize the negative impact of divorce on children and educate parents about the needs of children whose parents are divorcing.

Parents are required to attend within forty-five days of the service of original notice or application for modification of an order. A final decree shall not be entered until the parties have complied with this requirement, but under certain circumstances attendance can be waived by the court.

Each participant must pay a fee. Other persons, such as grandparents may also attend for a fee. The registration procedure for each provider may vary, so participants should call to get specific information when planning to attend a class.

Court approved courses are listed by district:

District 1

Serving the counties of Allamakee, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Winneshiek

Please note that any on-line children in the middle courses are NOT approved or certified for use in the First Judicial district.

 

 

Hawkeye Community College

Northeast Iowa Community College (primary location)

Children in the Middle

Calmar Campus

Cedar Falls Center

PO Box 400

P.O.Box 8015

1625 Highway 150

Waterloo, IA 50704-8015

Calmar IA 52132

319-277-2490

563.562.3263, ext 399

 

800.728.2256, ext 399

   

Parenting Solutions

Town Clock Center for Professional Development (2nd location)

 

Dubuque IA

Cedar Falls, IA 

563.557.8271, ext 380

 

888.642.2338, ext 380

www.parenting-solutions.org

 
   

District 2

Serving the counties of Boone, Bremer, Butler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Humboldt, Marshall, Mitchell, Pocahontas, Sac, Story, Webster, Winnebago, Worth, Wright

Approved Providers for District 2

   

District 3 brochure

Serving the counties of Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Emmet, Ida, Lyon, Kossuth, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Sioux, Woodbury

Children in the Middle


 

2017 Schedule

 


District 4 brochure)

Serving the counties of Audubon, Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Shelby

Southwest Iowa Mediation Center

 

300 West Broadway, Suite 104


Council Bluffs, IA 51503

 

712-310-2843

 

swiowamc@gmail.com

 
   
   

District 5


THE IOWA FIFTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT RECOGNIZED PROGRAMS FOR MEETING THE CHILDREN IN THE MIDDLE REQUIREMENTS– UPDATED SEPTEMBER, 2017

*Classes in District 5 also approved for District 2.

Serving the counties of Adair, Adams, Clarke, Dallas, Decatur, Guthrie, Jasper, Lucas, Madison, Marion, Polk, Ringgold, Taylor, Union, Warren, Wayne


Please note that any on-line children in the middle courses are NOT approved or certified for use in the Fifth Judicial district.

Family Development Associates

 

Mercy Franklin Center

Children in the Middle

1750 48th Street, Ste. 2

Des Moines, IA 50310-1993

Contact: Mercy Nurse

515-643-2584

mercydesmoines.org

Boone County CARES, Inc.*

Children in the Middle

PO Box 514

Boone, IA 50036

(515) 433-4893

Email: www.tkostner@co.boone.ia.us

(Guthrie, Dallas, Madison Counties)

 

Southwestern Community College

Children in the Middle

Adult and Continuing Education

1501 W. Townline Road

Creston, IA 50801

(641)782-1449/1441

800-247-4023

Fax: 641-782-1334

(Creston, Red Oak, Osceola)

Emails: cwhite@swcciowa.edu or

worthington@swcciowa.edu

Family Development Associates

Children in the Middle

PO Box 11231

Cedar Rapids, IA 52410

(800)261-5097

(Polk, Jasper, Marion, Warren Counties)

 

Ed Rhupert

Journey Counseling and Consultation

Children in the Middle

118 Hayward, Ste. #6

Ames, IA 50014

(515)292-9697

(515)232-7950

Email: www.counselingames.com

Southwest Iowa Families

Children in the Middle

215 E. Washington

Clarinda, IA 51632

(712)542-3501

Email: swfamilies@mediacombb.net

Website: www.southwestiowafamilies.org

 

Center for Interpersonal Effectiveness*

2525 N Ankeny Boulevard, Ste. #113

Ankeny, IA 50023

Jim Thorpe

(515)289-9136

email: info@cie-ankeny.com

(Ankeny, Newton, Johnston, Altoona)



Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)

Continuing Education

1111 E. Army Post Road, suite 2004

Ankeny, IA 500315

contact:  Jill Whitson
(515) 256-4907

jawhitson@dmacc.edu




 

 

Counseling Center for Central Iowa

Iowa Health System

6000 University Ave. Ste. 200

West Des Moines, IA 50266

(877)242-8899

(515)241-2300

www.Iowahealth.org

Iowa Lutheran Hospital

700 E. University Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50316

(877)242-8899

(515)241-2300

(515)263-5184 – Spanish available

www.iowahealth.org

 

 

Parenting Solutions LLC

Children in the Middle

PO Box 254

North Liberty, IA 52317

(877)665-2120

Email: www.parenting-solutions.org


Angela Reed and Katelyn Backlin

Children in the Middle

509 N. Jefferson Way (Wells Fargo)

Indianola, IA 50125

(515) 205-8496

Email: IndianolaCIB@outlook.com

(Madison, Marion, Warren Counties)

 
       

Mary L. Jankowski, MA, LMHC, LMSW

Fax (515)277-6995

** “After the Storm” program

(515)277-1124

7405 University Avenue, Suite #6

Clive, IA 50325

Email: mjank3p@gmail.com

** The ‘After The Storm’ program is approved for certification

and attendance by divorced parents in the Fifth Judicial

District who have a custody/visitation modification or a

post decree contempt regarding custody or visitation before

the Court. This program is not certified as a pre-decree

“Children in the Middle” program.

Parenting Way, Inc.

Children in the Middle

1211 Vine Street, Suite 2140

West Des Moines, IA 50265

(515)225-9490

FAX: (515) 279-5163

Email: www.parentingway.org




District 6

Serving the counties of Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Tama

Divorcing and Separating Parents' Class Locations and Schedule as of Jan. 2017

 


 

District 7

Serving the counties of Cedar, Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine, Scott

Children in the Middle Classes offered by Eastern Iowa Community Colleges:

Website: http://www.eicc.edu/continuing-education/court-mandated/children-in-the-middle/

Clinton Community College
1000 Lincoln Blvd. Clinton, IA
563-244-7100
888-336-3907

Tipton High School
400 East Sixth Street, Tipton, IA
563-288-6100
888-336-3907

Muscatine Community College - McAvoy Center
1403 Park Avenue, Muscatine, IA
563-288-6100
888-336-3907

Scott Community College Urban Center
301 W. River Drive, Davenport, IA
563-441-4100
888-336-3907

Children in the Middle Classes offered by Parenting Solutions:

Parenting Solutions LLC

Website: www.parenting-solutions.org

1-877-665-2120

TransParenting® Classes offered by Marriage and Family Counseling Service:

Marriage and Family Counseling Service

Website: www.mfcsqc.org

1-309-786-4491

District 8

Serving the counties of Appanoose, Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Mahaska, Monroe, Poweshiek, Van Buren, Wapello, Washington

*classes in District 5 also approved for District 8

Family Development Associates

Please note that any on-line children in the middle courses are NOT approved

or certified for use in the Eighth Judicial district.

Bridgeway

208 Bank Street

Keokuk, IA 52632

319-524-3873

Fax: 319-524-3876

Jon Wagner

Just Solutions

211 E. Fair

Centerville, IA 52544

Muscatine Community College

152 Colorado Street

Muscatine, Iowa 52761

563-288-6100 or 1-888-336-3907

Fax: 563-288-6166

The O’Rourke Group

610 North 4th Street, Suite 110A

Burlington, IA 52601

319-754-8035

Fax: 319-758-9425

 

Gary Ogren MSW, LISW

Betsy Allen MA, LMSW

Wesley Methodist Church

430 E. Second

Ottumwa, IA 52501

641-682-4883

Indian Hills Community College

TO REGISTER: Call 641-683-5249/800-346-4413

Indian Hills Community College

Centerville Campus

Administration Building

721 N. 1st Street

Centerville, IA 52501

February, April, June, August, October, December

6-10 p.m.

Indian Hills Community College

Jefferson County Service Center

112 S. Court

Fairfield, IA 52556

January, March, May, July, September, November

6-10 p.m.

   

Indian Hills Community College

Ottumwa Campus

Advanced Technology Center

626 Indian Hills Drive

Ottumwa, IA 52501

February, April, June, August, October, December

6-10 p.m.

Indian Hills Community College

Wm. Penn Service Center

1710 N. Market

Oskaloosa, IA 52577

January, March, May, July, September, November

8 a.m.-12 p.m.

   

SPANISH Children In Between

Indian Hills Community College

Ottumwa Campus

Advanced Technology Center

626 Indian Hills Drive

Ottumwa, IA 52501

February, May, August, November

8 a.m.-12 p.m.

 
   
       
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