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Parenting Classes

Being a parent or caregiver is hard work. Whether you’ve been instructed by a judge or just need a refresher, King County has plenty of resources to help you feel more confident in raising your child(ren). Click on the links below to find one that’s best for your family.

Family Law CASA does not endorse any organization listed; the information is simply provided to assist those seeking resources. Suggestions for additional resources to be listed are welcome. Priority is given to service providers offering free and/or sliding scale fees for lower income families.


NORTH SEATTLE

  1. FAMILYWORKS

Location: Wallingford
Contact: 206-494-7575, info@familyworksseattle.org
Website: https://www.familyworksseattle.org/family-center/parenting-classes
Cost: FREE: no fee for classes, but small fee may be charged for parenting books. Scholarships are available for those unable to pay for books. Register over the phone.

Services:

  • Parenting Classes:
  • Offers 3-4 parenting classes per year
    • Each class is usually six weeks, meeting two hours per week
    • Also offers other various shorter classes or workshops lasting for 1-2 hours on relevant topics (stress management, behavior management, communication, managing anger)
    • Limited free childcare available
    • Classes may meet court requirements;
  1. PUGET SOUND ADLERIAN SOCIETY

Location: Wedgewood
Contact: 206-527-2566, Psasadler@gmail.com
Website: http://www.psasadler.org/wp/
Cost: Free, Low-Cost/Sliding Scale — courses are usually grant funded and free to participants
Services:

  • Parenting Classes:
  • Six-week parenting course, 14 hours total
  • The course is usually presented four times each school year
  • Free positive parenting discipline classes in English, Spanish, and Mandarin
  • Parenting Event Calendar
  1. BREAK THROUGH LEARNING CENTER

Location: Maple Leaf/Northgate
Contact: 206-931-6510, btlc9500@gmail.com
Website: https://btlconline.com/
Cost: Free
Services:

  • Parenting Courses: Both are Court-Approved
  • Parenting Dignity: A Breakthrough Parenting Approach (ONLINE OPTION)
    • 12 week virtual classroom is a court-recognized blended learning approach that explores democratic parenting practices
    • Parenting skills covered: physical/emotional development, stress and anger management strategies, navigating through separation and divorce, human rights education, brain development, effective communication, and democratic discipline.
    • Parents will engage in virtual lecture videos, peer networking in class and feedback surveys.
  • Why Hang Onto Anger (WHOA!)
    • How we INTERPRET any given situation makes the difference in how we REACT. To complete this course, parents are required to do an activity entitle History of the Heart: a personal timeline, a birth story and a life story.
  1. Northshore Youth and Family Services

Location: Bothell
Contact:  425-485-6541, info@northshoreyouthandfamilyservices.org
Website: http://www.northshoreyouthandfamilyservices.org/index.html
Cost: For caregivers with King County Provider One: class is free

  • For all others: $20/session and $25 book (14 classes, $300 total)

Services:

  • Parenting Classes:
  • Uses “Nurturing Parenting” technique for parents of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary and teen children
  • Primary goal: to teach parents to promote and nourish themselves, their children and their environment, addresses:
    • 1) Age appropriate expectations and self-worth;
    • 2) Responding empathetically to your child’s needs;
    • 3) Disciplining your child with dignity;
    • 4 )Self-awareness and appropriate family roles; and
    • 5) Empowering your child and adults.
  • 14 classes total
  • Generally accepted by WA State Courts — provided with certificate upon completion
  1. CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES

Location:  Olympic Hills/Lake City
Contact:  206-362-7282,
Website: http://www.chs-nw.org/programs-services/family-support-centers/
Cost: Free
Services:

  • Parenting Classes in English and Spanish
  • Classes are two hours long, focusing on strengthening positive discipline parent-child relationships
  • Must have at least one child under age of 6 to participate

WEST SEATTLE

  1. NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

Location: High Point, West Seattle
Contact: 206-588-4900, vericaj@nhwa.org
Website: http://nhwa.org
Cost:
Services:

  • Parenting Classes:
  • Offers support, education, skill building and recreational activities for families

SOUTH SEATTLE

  1. ATLANTIC STREET CENTER

Location: Dunlap/South Beacon Hill
Contact: 206-723-1301, asfc@atlanticstreet.org
Website: https://atlanticstreetcenter.org/
Cost: Free for Seattle residents
Services:

  • Parenting Classes on the topics of:
    • Positive Discipline
    • Strengthening Families
    • Guiding Good Choices
    • Strengthening Multi-ethnic Families & Communities
    • Incredible Years
    • Grandparents and Relatives as Parents Support
  • Accepted by Seattle Courts
  • Classes are two hours long, calendar on website
  • Upon completion, caregivers are given a certificate
  1. SOUTHEAST YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES

Location: Columbia City
Contact:  206-721-5542, info@seyfs.org
Website: http://seyfs.org/
Cost:  Sliding scale based on income; no one will be refused due to inability to pay.
Services:

  • Parenting Classes:
  • Based on Family Support Principles
  • Include:
    • Parent education
    • Case management
    • Family counseling
    • Cultural and Recreational activities
    • Parenting curriculums meet court ordered parenting class requirements
    • Provides interpreter services
  1. WELLSPRING FAMILY SERVICES

Classes they offer: “Parent Child Services”

  • Wellspring PCS offers parent/child therapy in either a home or professional office setting for children 0-5 years old and their caregivers
  • Focus on:
    • Understanding your child’s behaviors and feelings
    • Learning about your child’s development
    • Communicating effectively with your child
    • Learning how to deal with temper tantrums and strong emotions
  • Wellspring PCS therapists work with infants and children along with their caregivers to strengthen their connection
  • Professional guidance and support is provided for preschool age children having challenges managing emotions and behaviors

Also offer counseling for:

  • Pregnancy and Postpartum
  • New Parents
  • Parent-Infant Bonding Issues: 0-3 Years
  • Children: 4-12 Years
  • Adolescents
  • Parenting Consultation

Called 206-748-9701 ext. 253 about information

Cost: –sliding scale


EAST SEATTLE

  1. KINDERING CENTER

Location: Bellevue
Contact: 425-747-4004, info@kindering.org
Website: https://kindering.org/our-services/family-support/
Cost: Sliding scale; services are available regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

  • Bills private and Medicaid for therapy costs
  • Parents are responsible for applicable deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance
  • Ability to pay based on the total adjusted annual income of the family that falls at or above 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, adjusted for allowable unreimbursed expenses that exceed 10% — See system of Paymets and Fees Policy on their website

Services:

  • Offers resources for parents of children with disabilities
  • “Parenting Plus Parent Education Classes”
    • 10 week group class designed to support and strengthen parents in challenging areas
      • Child development
      • Stress and anger management
      • Nutrition
      • Health and Safety
      • Communication
      • Self-esteem
      • Behavior
    • These are FREE classes open to all caregivers interested in strengthening their parenting skills
    • Classes are geared towards children 12 and younger, both with and without special needs
  • Fulfills court-orders

GENERAL SEATTLE

  1. SOUTHWEST YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES

Locations: West and Southwest Seattle vicinity (Admiral, Arbor Heights, Alki Beach, Burien, Fauntleroy, Delridge, Highland Park, High Point, Roxbury, South Park, The Junction and White Center).
Contact: 206-937-7680, info@swysf.org
Website: https://www.swyfs.org/what-we-do/family-advocacy/
Cost: No refusal based on income
Services:

  • Parenting Classes:
  • Parenting classes for children 0-18 offer information on parenting skills and child development
    • Usual offerings include Strengthening Multiethnic Families and Communities, and Positive Discipline courses
  • Classes are 4-10 weeks long and meet once or twice a week (depending on the program)
  • Works with the court in cases of attendance requirements
  • Some parenting classes offered in Spanish, Somali, and Samoan
  1. PARENT TRUST FOR WASHINGTON CHILDREN

Location: Location dependent on service
Contact: 206-789-0883, greatstarts@parenttust.org
Website: http://www.parenttrust.org/for-families/classes/
Cost: Scholarships are available; Accepts DSHS/Provider One cards
Services:

  • Offer a toll-free center for parents to ask questions at 1(800)932-4673
  • Parenting classes:
    • Focus on preparing for a new child and infant care

Other Resources

If you’d like something to read or listen to on your own time to supplement a parenting class, or just to learn more about co-parenting, here are some options to check out.

Books from the Seattle Public Library
The Co-Parenting Handbook: A practical manual for parents who are transitioning from being a couple with children to being co-parents. This guide helps those parents navigate difficult emotional terrain, create boundaries, and establish guidelines so that together they can be the parents their children deserve.
Joint Custody with a Jerk: Custody with a Jerk offers many proven communication techniques that help you deal with your difficult ex-husband or ex-wife. By outlining common problems and teaching tools to examine your own role in these sticky situations, this book conveys strategies for effective mediation that are easy to apply, sensible, timely and innovative.
Co-Parenting with a Toxic Ex: After a messy divorce, it’s all too common for one parent to try and undermine the relationship between their children and their ex. In Co-parenting with a Toxic Ex, readers are offered a positive parenting approach to coping with a hostile ex-spouse. Inside, mothers and fathers who are dealing with a toxic ex will learn how to avoid parental alienation, as well as techniques for talking to their children in a way that fosters open and honest response. Divorce can be painful, but with the right tools parents can protect their kids and build stronger, more trusting relationships.

Articles from the Web
Forget Co-Parenting with a Narcissist. Do This Instead: How to establish parenting rules and peace of mind, despite a toxic ex.
6 Ways to Maintain Your Sanity While Parenting with a Narcissist: 6 things to know about co-parenting with a narcissist.

Podcasts
Blended Podcast: Author Amy Baker, Co-Parenting with a Toxic Ex: In this interview we discuss how to prevent parental alienation, loyalty conflict, methods to cope with parental alienation, and much more.
Soul Ties Podcast: Co-Parenting with a Narcissist: Podcast and article on advice for co-parenting with a narcissist.