Cook County courts require all parents of minor children involved in a divorce, separation, or custody case to complete a parent education program.
Children in Between Online is the only online parenting class that is court authorized in Cook County.
*This is the course you must take to complete your divorce, separation, or custody case
30 days access
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- Take at your convenience from any smartphone, laptop, desktop, or tablet.
- You will have 30 days access to the course and can log in and out as needed.
- Since July, 2015, over twelve-thousand parents have taken our course in Cook county alone and 9 out of 10 recommend the course.
- Take a course that has real results and is proven effective for children and parents.
Covered in the course
- Money Problems
- Children Carrying Messages
- Putting Down the Other Parent
- Long Distance Parenting
- Quizzing Children About the Other Parent
* In cases requiring mediation, the in-person course must be taken
WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT "CHILDREN IN BETWEEN ONLINE"
"I like that you can listen to the videos and responses. It was easier to absorb the science behind dealing with confrontation."
Father- Cook County, IL
"All of the communication skills are useful; for me the most important skills were self talk and reframing. Seeing the potential effects of conflict on children was important to me. I want my kids to be happy and to have a positive relationship with both of us."
Mother- Milwaukee, WI
"The whole class was helpful. It made several good points and gave an alternative way to think. I hope to use these tools in the future to continue to not only become a better co-parent but to be a better person in general. Thank you for this opportunity."
Father- Maricopa County, AZ
"I learned how to be a better parent."
Mother- Wayne County, MI
Cities in Cook County include: Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie, Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Palatine, Des Plaines, Oak Lawn, Glenview, Maywood, Mount Prospect, Northbrook, Cicero, Park Ridge, Bridgeview, River Forest, Berwyn, Hoffman Estates, Evergreen Park, Niles, Forest Park, Brookfield, Elmwood Park, Rolling Meadows, La Grange, Riverside, Palos Township, Wilmette, Chicago Ridge, Lyons, Chicago Heights, Lake View, Winnetka, Summit, Broadview, Melrose Park, Oak Forest, Calumet City, Wheeling, Alsip, Streamwood, Morton Grove, Hometown, Orland Township, Western Springs, Harvey, Franklin Park, Dolton, Blue Island, and Homewood
Since 1991, The Center for Divorce Education has been dedicated to helping parents and children deal with the difficult process of divorce and separation. Over this period our parenting program has evolved based on continuing research in the field. Today tens of thousands of divorcing/separating parents make use of our highly effective interactive parenting class “Children in Between Online” for reducing the stress of divorce and separation.
Our interactive, skills-based approach has been recognized by experts among the top programs being offered today. Donald A. Gordon, Ph.D., the Executive Director of CDE, is also our program/curriculum developer. Dr. Gordon is a clinical psychologist with an expertise targeting the reduction and prevention of delinquency. During his forty plus years of working with families, Dr. Gordon has studied the effects that different strategies have on reducing conflict within a family, both with parents and children.
In the early 1980’s, Dr. Gordon and his colleagues at Ohio University noticed a common characteristic among the youth with whom they were working -- namely that many of them came from homes where their parents were divorced, divorcing, or never- married parents living apart. After doing some further investigation in the literature, Dr. Gordon and his colleagues confirmed that divorce is among the key risk factors for delinquency. From there, Dr. Gordon and his colleagues shifted their energy and research focus to try and identify specific strategies that could help reduce parental conflict. The goal became to change the behavior of parents who unknowingly place their children in the middle of their conflicts that create the most harmful of consequences, loyalty binds.
Based on his research in the early nineties, Dr. Gordon developed a parenting curriculum that could be standardized and offered by social service agencies, mental health agencies, and private counselors. This class “Children in Between” was purchased by hundreds of providers who, in turn, presented the curriculum to divorcing/separating parents in a classroom setting. While most parents today are taking our online parenting class, there are still more than a hundred agencies who present our material and video content in a live classroom setting.
Following the broad acceptance of our live class, Children in Between, (CIB) co- parenting program, in 2007, Dr. Gordon adapted the material into a highly interactive format that could be offered to parents everywhere via the Internet. Today, over two thousand parents monthly have access to this parenting class on their computers, smartphones, and tablets.
Since 1992, over four hundred fifty thousand parents in all fifty states have either taken our class online (100,000), or in person (approx. 350,000). The online version, Children in Between Online (CIBO), launched in 2008. Over three thousand parents each month are taking the class on their computers and smart phones in forty-five states. In a bid competition with dozens of other online classes, CIBO has been approved as the only accepted provider in some of the largest court systems in the country including: Clark County (Las Vegas) (initially), Cook County (Chicago, IL) Hamilton County (Cincinnati, OH) and Wayne County (Detroit). We are one of only two approved providers in Maricopa County (Phoenix, AZ) as well. Today, the course has been accepted in more than two hundred and fifty judicial districts.
The research evidence on Children in Between (CIB) resulted in the program's being listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. The ratings of numerous controlled studies on CIB were above average in quality of the research and the findings. CIB is one of only two parenting classes listed on NREPP for co-parenting or divorce education.
CIB was also selected as a Model Program for SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). This selection was based upon a review of all of the research for CIB, and the program's readiness for dissemination nationally. Only 52 programs were designated Model Programs, out of over 400 submissions.
Today, we continue to improve and revise the program based on feedback from parents, agencies, and courts. The class was completely re-filmed and revised as of late 2018 and won a Telly Award and W3 Award for content.
Although many parents do not want to complete a parenting class, 9 out of 10 parents who take our course say they would recommend it to other parents. Our class is online, it is easy to understand, and it can be taken on any internet-connected device. We are proud of the work that we have done so far and will continue to do our best to help these parents and children.
The Center for Divorce Education
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CDE's Children in Between is a skills based program that helps children and parents deal with the children's reactions to divorce.
The program is based on research that identifies the most common and stressful loyalty conflicts experienced by children of divorce.