Parenting Education

Catholic Charities offers a Parenting Education Program (PEP), a class designed to educate parents about the impact of divorce or separation on their children and how to help them effectively adjust to changes in their new family structure.

Beginning in July 2020, PEP classes are available through a virtual classroom only. The 6 hour course requirement (3 sessions of 2 hours each) is available for convenience during evening and weekend hours.

Through PEP, participants help their children to adjust in a healthy way as a result of a divorce or living apart from a parent. This includes information about children’s developmental stages, helping children adjust to parent separation, cooperative parenting, dispute resolution techniques, guidelines for visitation, and stress reduction for children.

All parties involved in divorce, dissolution of a civil union, annulment, separation, custody or visitation cases are required by law to participate. If you have children under age eighteen, you must participate in a parenting education program within sixty (60) days after a family case is led in court.