A-OK is a mandatory parenting class for divorcing couples with minor children. The class teaches divorcing parents how to maintain an appropriate parenting relationship outside of a marriage by developing communication skills and respect. Classes are held on the second Tuesday of every month in the Family Courtroom on the fourth floor of the court house.
|Partnerships in Parenting
Partnerships in Parenting is a seminar for planning and communicating for never married parents. The program is a one-time, 2 1/2 hour session that is facilitated by a “parenting coach”. Participants will receive handouts and learn new ways to enhance their ability to minimize conflict with their child’s other parent.
|What About Me
What About Me? is a program designed for children of divorcing parents. This class addresses various issues children face during this difficult time. For ages 5-12, this course helps teach children how to cope with the changes and how to communicate better with their parents. The class is broken down into two age groups (5-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds) so that discussion may be age appropriate. Classes are on the same evenings as A-OK.
|How to Raise the Best Children Possible
How to Raise the Best Children Possible is a six-week parenting class for divorcing parents were there is some degree of conflict or special circumstances. Parents may be ordered to take this class if there are serious ongoing disagreements on parenting, there is a history of conflict, the parents have very young children, the parents have children with medical or psychological conditions or disabilities, or if one or both parents suffer from mental or psychological conditions or disabilities.
|Our Family Wizard
Our Family Wizard is a website that provides a neutral zone for parent communication to help manage the challenges of shared parenting with a former spouse or partner.
|The Meeting Place
The Meeting Place Program is a Supervised Parenting Time and Neutral Exchange Program at The Center for Child & Family Advocacy. A supervised visit is the contact between a child and a parent or family member (usually a non-custodial parent) in a safe, family-friendly setting that is monitored by a visitation monitor professionally trained to protect the safety and rights of everyone involved. Neutral exchanges are for parents who are not required to have supervision during parenting time, but need to be able to make an exchange without interacting with the other parent. During an exchange, a visitation monitor escorts the child from one parent to the other. Parents arrive and leave the Center at staggered times. Families are referred to The Meeting Place Program by the Henry County Family Court.
Mediation provides disputing parties with an opportunity to settle their differences outside of the traditional courtroom setting. In mediation, the parties have the opportunity to decide the outcome, rather than having a judge or jury decide for them. The mediator is not a judge, but rather a trained individual employed by the Court. The mediator is there solely to assist the parties in exploring possible solutions to the problem, not to decide the case. Court Mediators are available for both Juvenile Cases and Domestic Relations Cases.
For Juveniles, court mediators are available to both parents and schools for truancy issues as well as to establish behavior contracts. In addition, the youth offender and victim may be referred to mediation to determine an appropriate amount of restitution to be paid.
For Domestic Relations cases, mediation can be used to settle disputes about custody, support, parenting time, or any other dispute between separating parties.
S.T.A.R. (Supporting Teens to Achieve Results) Mentoring is a program for court involved youth and high-risk youth. The mission of the program is to create, nurture and support meaningful relationships between children and volunteers that will encourage each child to grow in to an assertive, capable and compassionate adult. The goal is to provide these youth with a positive adult role model that will provide guidance and support.
|Theft Offender Program
The Theft Offender Program is provided to the Court by Interchange. Youth adjudicated of a theft related charge are referred to the program. A parent must attend the four hour session with the youth.
Northwest Ohio CARTEENS is a teen-facilitated traffic safety program for first time juvenile traffic offenders. The CARTEENS program topics include excessive speed, driving under the influence, seat belt safety use, consequences of unsafe decisions, dealing with peer pressure, understanding traffic laws, and recognizing and reacting to traffic signs and signals. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of repeat juvenile traffic offenders, decrease the number of teen traffic offenders, and increase teen awareness traffic/vehicular safety.
The Teen Cafe program is an after-school program that provides community-based social and life skill development instruction and educational support as well as promotes positive peer relationships. The program is located at The Learning Center, which is a part of a Together We Can Make a Difference. It is run by Henry County Juvenile Probation staff, with various community representatives speaking and presenting. Teen Café operates between 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Youth may be ordered in to the program by the Court and/or referred by a probation officer or children’s services case worker. The program focuses on career exploration, life skills, health and wellness education, social skills, self-esteem and confidence building, and volunteerism. Each session is nine weeks long, with two 4-hour sessions per week.