What is A.C.T. – For the Children? (Assisting Children Through Transition)
A.C.T. – For the Children is a program designed to educate parents about the impact of their divorce, separation or 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.
FEEDBACK FROM PARENTS WHO COMPLETED THE CLASS:
“It’s amazing, the change. We communicate a lot better now,”
“This 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.”
“It’s an enlightening experience for anyone going through a separation.”
A child whose parents attended A.C.T. said, “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”
IS THIS PROGRAM FOR EVERYONE?
You may be required to attend this class if you are the parent of a child under the age of eighteen and are involved in a custody, visitation, divorce, separation, annulment or child support court action or proceeding.
Please note that the Parent A.C.T. Class may not be appropriate when domestic abuse is present. If you are involved with an abusive partner, you should leave a message for the A.C.T. Program Administrator at (718) 947-4048 for further information.
This class is also open to parents interested in learning conflict management skills for improving family dynamics. You don’t have to be involved in court proceedings.
Please note, you will not be placed in the same class as your ex-partner.
WHAT IS THE PROGRAM FORMAT?
The 6-hour program features lecture, video and group activities. Classes are limited to 30 participants. This program does not provide counseling or support services..
Participants receive the Parents’ Handbook and the Parent’s Resource Guide which contains materials, articles, and a listing of sites for help and support for parents and children.
Classes are offered monthly by psychologists, family therapists, social workers, judges, lawyers and mediators. Information on class dates, times and location will be provided at the time of intake and registration.
IS THERE A FEE FOR THE PROGRAM?
- The program fee is $100.
- A sliding-scale discount based upon income is available for eligible clients. Eligibility will be determined at intake.
- Acceptable methods of payment are cash, money order, or a credit card using our online Paypal link.
WHAT ARE THE ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS?
- Pre-registration is required for all classes and walk-ins are not accepted.
- If you need a Certificate of Compliance, you must attend the full 6 hours.
- If you are unable to attend a class for which you have registered, you will need to re-register for another class.
- Children are not permitted to attend classes.
For more information or to register, please contact:Parents Assisting Children Through Transition
NY Center for Interpersonal Development
ACT Program Administrator
130 Stuyvesant Place, 4th Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301
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