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Which Class is for You: Online or In-Person?
Parents can either take the online or in-person version of Parents Forever™. Both versions of the class are thoughtfully designed to best meet the needs of parents going through a family transition like divorce or separation. Both versions are based on the same content and take a minimum of 8 hours (4.5 for the North Dakota version) to complete. Both meet all 25 minimum standards required by Minnesota Statute 518.157 for Minnesota court-ordered education. (The North Dakota version does not meet Minnesota requirements.)
That being said, there are a number of differences between the online and in-person versions. Depending on your personal situation and/or learning style, one of the versions may be best for you. Click on the two tabs below to see the differences between the two versions.
|Offered by:||University of Minnesota Extension|
|Availability:||Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week|
|Course length:||Depends on user’s pace; minimum of 8 hours (4.5 hours for North Dakota version)|
|Breakdown of class time:||See the online class tab of What Will You Learn?|
$89.00; see if you qualify for a reduced fee for our regular online course
|Requirements:||Reliable computer and internet connection; should be comfortable with online learning; requires 5th-8th grade reading level in English; see other technical requirements|
|Pros:||Available to anyone, anywhere, with internet connection. Access to information controlled by user; can be completed quickly or slowly as needed. Consistent information presented every time.|
For more information, see Parents Forever™ Online Course for Parents or Parents Forever™ Online Course for North Dakota Parents.
Applies to Minnesota only
|Offered by:||Independently operated local programs|
|Availability:||Varies by program|
|Course length:||Varies by program; minimum of 8 hours|
|Breakdown of class time:||See the in-person class tab of What Will You Learn?|
|Cost:||Varies by program; all accept IFPs and many offer sliding scales|
|Requirements:||Paper and pen; all other materials are provided|
|Pros:||Group interaction and learning opportunities. Connection to additional local agencies and resources. Teaching can be adjusted to individual participant’s needs. Reduced fees possible.|
To sign up for an in-person Parents Forever™ class, see:
- Find an Upcoming In-Person Class (in Minnesota)
We Agree: Creating a Parenting Plan — Online publication that helps parents make child-focused decisions about parenting. Includes worksheets and a template to use for creating a parenting plan.
Resources for Families — Free web-based resources for families experiencing a family transition like divorce or separation.
About the Program™? — Find out more about the Parents Forever™ program.