Friday, January 25, 2008

A.C.T. – For the Children

Reducing the stress of a breakup on children

Read the Bill of Rights for Children Whose Parents Are Separated

“I can see a big difference. They can talk to each other now without yelling. That helps a lot. My stomach doesn’t hurt as much and I can concentrate better in school. -- a child

What is A.C.T. – For the Children?

A.C.T. – For the Children (Assisting Children through Transition) is a program designed to educate divorcing or separating parents about the impact of their breakup on their children. The primary goal of the program is to teach parents ways they can reduce the stress of family changes and protect their children from the negative effects of ongoing parental conflict.

“The program changed our lives. It gave us all a new direction…one of hope and healing. I see too many people oozing with anger…I don’t want to go there anymore.” --- a mother

Who are the instructors?

The classes are conducted by psychologists, family therapists, social workers, judges, lawyers, and mediators in a classroom setting. Instructors will provide information through lecture, video tape, role-play, and discussion.

What is the program format?

The program consists of two, 3 hour sessions held one week apart. The program will involve lecture, video, and group activities. This program does not provide counseling or support services. Classes are limited to 40 people. Please note, you will not be placed in the same class as the other parent of your child(ren).

Is this program for everyone?

A.C.T. – For the Children may not be appropriate when domestic abuse is present. If you are involved with an abusive partner, you should call the A.C.T. Program Administrator at (718) 947-4048 for further information before enrolling.

Is there a fee for the program?

The program fee is $100. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required at intake. A sliding scale fee is available for eligible clients. Eligibility will be determined at intake. Acceptable methods of payment are cash or money order only.

Are there any materials provided?

Participants will be provided with a Resource Manual and Handbook for Parents which contains a compilation of places where parents and children can find help and support, a list of helpful reading materials, and informative articles.

When and where are classes held?

Please refer to the confidential enrollment form for a listing of class dates and times. Classes will be held in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island, unless otherwise informed. The specific location will be given when registration is confirmed.

What are the attendance requirements?

You must attend both classes to receive a Certificate of Compliance. Sign-in sheets will be used to ensure compliance.

If you fail to attend a class for which you have registered, you will need to submit a new registration. You will not be registered in another class until all new applicants have first been placed.

Children are not permitted to attend classes.

“It was such an excellent program. The message of healing and rebuilding a positive parenting relationship is so important…there will be two healthier children because of it.” ---- a father

For More Information or To Register Please Contact:

A.C.T. Program Administrator

Telephone (718) 947-4048

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