Parent Education

Family Court Services offers a Court-mandated class called “Helping Your Children Cope with Family Change.”  The class provides information to parents about legal issues, child development, co-parenting strategies, conflict resolution and community resources.  The class is required by the Court (ORS 3.425) for all people who are parties in a domestic relations (family law) case that decides the custody of a child.  

Due to COVID 19 Virus, Multnomah County is not holding in-person parent education classes.  Instead, we are offering the class virtually, through Zoom. 

We offer one or more Zoom-platform virtual classes per week, either on a Thursday afternoon (1:00 - 4:30 PM), Thursday evening (5:30 - 9:00 PM) or Saturday (9:00 AM - 12:30 PM).

You can register for a virtual parent education class and pay the $70 non-refundable registration fee by filling out this form: Parent Education Registration Webform. If you need special accommodations, including free language interpretation, have questions or concerns, or if you are not able to use the Zoom platform call 503-988-3037 and leave a detailed message including your name and phone number.  We will call you back within about a day. 

If you would like to apply to have your fees waived or reduced, please fill out and sign this form and return it to us via email at Low Income Fee Waiver - Parent Education (542.04 KB)

The companion booklet to the class includes a great deal of information about child development, co-parenting and the legal process of separating/divorce, as well as available local resources, websites and booklists you may find useful.  You can download it here:

Parents Helping Children Cope With Family Change Booklet (3 MB)

Policy for rescheduling a parenting class

It is free to reschedule a parent education class for any reason so long as you notify Family Court Services (FCS) at least 24 hours before your scheduled class time.  You can notify FCS by phone – (503) 988 – 3037 (leave a message if necessary) or email – A maximum of two free reschedules are allowed per person.

  • “No Shows” - If you do not attend your class as scheduled, you will be charged $70 to reschedule unless you notify FCS 24 hours before the class starts. The $70 fee will apply even if your registration fees were waived.
  • “Same Day Reschedules” - If you contact us to reschedule your class less than 24 hours before the class, the reschedule fee is $25
  • Class Fees are NOT refundable

Get information about mediation

  • Mediation is free and available to both voluntary and court-ordered parents regarding child custody and parenting time issues in Multnomah County. Get more information about mediation here.

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