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About the program

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Parents Forever™ annual report

Download a print-friendly version of the latest report: Parents Forever 2016 Annual report (PDF).


Parents Forever™ was developed in the 1990’s by the Extension Center for Family Development. Through the years it has undergone updates and adaptations; most recently the online course was launched in 2012 and a curriculum revision of the in-person program was completed in 2014.

The Parents Forever™ Theory of Change is that when families go through transitions of divorce, separation, and/or a change in custody, they may be at greater risk for negative outcomes — if they experience other risk factors, such as higher levels of conflict or increased financial stress. The Parents Forever™ curriculum addresses ways for parents to attend to their parent-child relationship and their children’s development, improve their coparenting relationship, and pay attention to their own parental well-being, which in turn improves their ability to parent and coparent. Through these three primary mechanisms (parenting, coparenting, well-being), the curriculum seeks to increase resiliency for families when transitioning through divorce, separation, and/or custody change.

Where do our participants come from?

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In-Person Course

Online Course

Program impact

After taking the in-person course (n=447), participants reported a significant improvement in their knowledge and skills related to:

Participant experience with the course

After taking the course, participants reported on their likelihood of completing a list of action steps based on the content of the curriculum.

On the horizon

In 2016, Parents Forever™ launched numerous studies with the goal of documenting the effectiveness of our curriculum in supporting parents through divorce, separation, and/or custody change. The data collection for these projects is completed and we are currently preparing to submit our program materials to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a national list of effective programs.

In 2016, based on the feedback from educators, we created a more streamlined evaluation system including simpler, more concise evaluation tools for both the in-person and online courses and shifted to an automated survey system that collects facilitator feedback on a quarterly basis instead of completing a paper form after each class.

We launched a section on the Parent Forever™ website to provide evidence behind our theory of change and updated research pertinent to divorce education and families. Check this resource out to see our most recent published articles and study updates!

Related resources

Frequently asked questions by professionals — Have questions? Get answers!

Frequently asked questions by families — Have questions? Get answers!

Parents Forever™ keeps kids first after divorce — Extension Source article about the Parents Forever™ program.

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