To learn more or register, please contact:
207-563-6684 or 207-596-0359
375 Main St
Rockland, ME 04841
Note: Advanced registration is required.
Classes are $60 – light refreshments & coffee are provided.
ParentWorks classes are currently held via Zoom from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
Next scheduled dates:
May 14, 2022
June 11, 2022
July 09, 2022
August 13, 2022
September 10, 2022
Families that are experiencing separation or divorce sometimes need assistance in helping their family make these transitions. HCI provides parent education classes through ParentWorks, a monthly 4-hour skill building workshop designed for families in transition. Because of small class sizes and an interactive format, presenters learn enough about each person’s situation to adjust presentations to individual needs and interests. Presenters draw from their own breath of experience in law, education, and social work to substantiate material in the course manual.
A registration session, either in person, by telephone, or electronically is required of each attendee. The purpose of this session is to:
- Obtain basic identifying information from each party
- Screen for issues of family violence to determine if attendance is appropriate at that time
- Ascertain if there is a current or prior protection from abuse order
- Determine ability to pay tuition costs
- Answer basic questions about what to expect from the parenting class
- Provide information about location, parking, schedules, and building access
Parking for Rockland classes: Free municipal all-day parking is located on Tillson Avenue. At the light of Main Street and Tillson Avenue, take a right, proceed about half a block and the parking lot is on your right.
Who We Serve
The founding of The ParentWorks was predicted on the belief that children adjust best to their parents’ separation or divorce when parents cooperate skillfully in the best interest of their child.
These classes are designed to educate parents who:
- Are divorcing
- Live apart and are separated
- Have never been married and are separated
Many attendees who are struggling through the divorce process are ordered to attend the class by a Magistrate in the Maine District Court Family Division. In many instances, the Court orders parents to attend when they demonstrate an inability to resolve conflict concerning parental rights in the context of their separation, divorce, or in the development of a parental rights and responsibilities order.
All parents experiencing separation or divorce who are interested in cooperating in the best interest in their child or children are encouraged to attend. While referrals from the Family Court System receive priority, inquiries from the general public are welcome. Classes are attended primarily by residents of Knox & Lincoln Counties; inquiries from other counties are accepted.
Since 1988, ParentWorks has offered monthly 4 hour parent education classes and skill building workshops for families in transition experiencing separation or divorce. Classes generally meet on a Saturday morning from 8:30a.m to 12:30 p.m., encouraging participation from individuals attending. Class size is limited to 12 attendees. Certificates of completion are provided to all attendees, and when necessary, serve as proof of attendance in court proceedings.
These workshops are designed to:
- Enhance the co-parenting skills of each parent
- Teach parents about the impact of separation and divorce on their children and each other
- Educate about the importance of co-parent collaboration and successful parenting partnerships
- Facilitate non-custodial parents’ access to and visitation with their children as necessary
At the end of each class, attendees are encouraged to complete a program evaluation. Suggestions are used to improve both the course curriculum and the manner and style of presentations.
Testimonials from attendees:
“I’ve enjoyed hearing other people’s stories, and it verified that I am not the only one going through this process.”
“I’ve learned how to keep our children out of the middle.”
“I would recommend this program to people that are still together to improve their communication skills and learn ways to better parent their children.”
“I learned how to stay focused on the needs of my children as they, too, go through this change.”
“Excellent! Thank you, Thank you!”
Program classes are funded in part by the Administrative Office of the Courts, Family Division of the State of Maine, and the Elizabeth Ann Leach Charitable Trust. Class fee is $60 per attendee. Some scholarship assistance is available, and HCI accepts private donations on behalf of all families needing scholarship assistance.