PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT ANNOUNCES THAT
PUTTING KIDS FIRST" IS NOT AN APPROVED
PARENT EDUCATION PROGRAM
has come to the attention of the Probate and Family Court Department
that an organization named "Putting Kids First" is offering
a parent education program that has not been approved by the Probate
and Family Court Administrative Office. This program is indicating
that they are an approved provider of the parent education program
in Massachusetts and that persons who complete their program may
submit a certificate of attendance to the Probate and Family Court.
Persons may not take this class to satisfy the parent education program
attendance requirement and certificates of attendance from this program
will not be accepted by the Probate and Family Court.
that wish to offer the mandated parent education program must complete
a lengthy application process. This process includes the ability
of a program to demonstrate that the group facilitators have a graduate
degree in a mental health discipline or a related graduate degree
with appropriate clinical training as well as having previous experience
in conducting psycho educational programs. At least one of the group
facilitators must also have specialized knowledge of issues concerning
divorce, separation, family dynamics and child development. Each
of these requirements ensures that the quality of the approved programs
offered in Massachusetts are of the highest caliber.
Programs must be no less
than two sessions, held on different days, and shall total at least five hours
in length. Parents that attend the programs continually state the interaction
that occurs at the programs is an invaluable part of the process. Approved programs
must submit an application for renewal with the Administrative Office every two
years. As part of this process, probation officers attend the parent education
classes to conduct an on-site observation of each program.