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What is the Parents Forever™ theory of change?

Families who face divorce, separation, or custody changes go through these experiences in different ways and with different outcomes, depending on a variety of risk and protective factors. A theory of change is a type of logic model that clarifies why and how a program like Parents Forever™ results in improved outcomes.

The why

Parents Forever™ seeks to improve resiliency through reducing individual and family-level risk factors and increasing individual and family-level protective factors.

The how

Parents Forever™ affects change through three primary channels: parental well-being, parent-child relationships, and coparenting relationships. Find out more about the research on how these three channels are impacted by divorce, separation, and custody change and how they — in turn — affect child and family well-being.

Related resources

Program Development and Evaluation Logic ModelsUniversity of Wisconsin-Extension — Learn more about logic models, a popular tool that can be used to help conceptualize your change effort.

Get to know the curriculum (PDF) — Explore the overall structure of the curriculum as well as what participants will learn after attending a Parents Forever™ course.

What is the impact on children? — Learn how divorce, separation, and custody change impacts children.

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