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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


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


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




District 5


*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


Boone County CARES, Inc.*

Children in the Middle

PO Box 514

Boone, IA 50036

(515) 433-4893


(Guthrie, Dallas, Madison Counties)


Southwestern Community College

Children in the Middle

Adult and Continuing Education

1501 W. Townline Road

Creston, IA 50801



Fax: 641-782-1334

(Creston, Red Oak, Osceola)

Emails: or

Family Development Associates

Children in the Middle

PO Box 11231

Cedar Rapids, IA 52410


(Polk, Jasper, Marion, Warren Counties)


Ed Rhupert

Journey Counseling and Consultation

Children in the Middle

118 Hayward, Ste. #6

Ames, IA 50014




Southwest Iowa Families

Children in the Middle

215 E. Washington

Clarinda, IA 51632





Center for Interpersonal Effectiveness*

2525 N Ankeny Boulevard, Ste. #113

Ankeny, IA 50023

Jim Thorpe



(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



Counseling Center for Central Iowa

Iowa Health System

6000 University Ave. Ste. 200

West Des Moines, IA 50266



Iowa Lutheran Hospital

700 E. University Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50316



(515)263-5184 – Spanish available



Parenting Solutions LLC

Children in the Middle

PO Box 254

North Liberty, IA 52317



Angela Reed and Katelyn Backlin

Children in the Middle

509 N. Jefferson Way (Wells Fargo)

Indianola, IA 50125

(515) 205-8496


(Madison, Marion, Warren Counties)


Mary L. Jankowski, MA, LMHC, LMSW

Fax (515)277-6995

** “After the Storm” program


7405 University Avenue, Suite #6

Clive, IA 50325


** 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


FAX: (515) 279-5163


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:


Clinton Community College
1000 Lincoln Blvd. Clinton, IA

Tipton High School
400 East Sixth Street, Tipton, IA

Muscatine Community College - McAvoy Center
1403 Park Avenue, Muscatine, IA

Scott Community College Urban Center
301 W. River Drive, Davenport, IA

Children in the Middle Classes offered by Parenting Solutions:

Parenting Solutions LLC



TransParenting® Classes offered by Marriage and Family Counseling Service:

Marriage and Family Counseling Service



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.


208 Bank Street

Keokuk, IA 52632


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


Fax: 319-758-9425


Gary Ogren MSW, LISW

Betsy Allen MA, LMSW

Wesley Methodist Church

430 E. Second

Ottumwa, IA 52501


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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