Parent Education Classes 

For the Sake of the Children is a five-hour, court-approved class for parents of minor children who are getting divorced in Massachusetts.

Important course policies: Parents are not permitted to take the same class. Please do not bring children to the class.

Due to COVID-19, in person classes are suspended. The website (parent education page)  has added approved online classes during this time. 

What will I learn?

Our classes are specifically designed to:

  • Teach the skills needed to be effective co-parents after divorce.

  • Assist parents in understanding their own divorce experience

  • Provide an overview of children's reactions to divorce

  • Educate parents as to the developmental needs of children, especially around divorce

  • Train parents to help children cope with divorce and minimize their trauma

What topics are covered?
  • Loss, grief, and healing

  • Effective parent-child communication

  • Tips and skills for effective co-parenting

  • Process of divorce

  • Developmental stages of children

  • Resources for parents and children

  • Identifying problem areas and learning strategies for reducing conflict.

Who is the faculty?

The facilitators are highly regarded mental health professionals who are specifically trained to present this material. All of the trainers are devoted helping families cope with to issues related to divorce. Learn more about our faculty here. (clickable link to faculty page)

How long is the class?

This course consists of two sessions (2½ hours each) totaling five hours. You MUST attend the full program to receive a certificate of completion for your court file. NOTE: Parents CANNOT attend the same class. Children are not permitted in class.

What does it cost?

The fee is set by the court at $80, payable in cash or by money order ONLY at the door (no personal checks accepted). Tuition Waivers are sometimes available from the court, if you qualify. You must pay $5 in tuition (cash) with a waiver (which must be presented to the group leaders).

Where are classes held?

Our classes are offered in three cities: Brookline, Cambridge and Sandwich. See the Registration page for maps and details.

When are classes held?

Classes are typically held on weeknights or weekend mornings. See the Registration page for our current schedule.

How do I register?

Use the Registration page to easily register on this website.

Other ways to register:

By phone: Call The Center for Families in Transition at 857-373-9011. Please spell your name and address for us, and leave your phone number.

By email: To register by email send the class requested, along with your name, address, and phone)to:

Walk-in: Walk-in registrations are accepted (space permitting). Cash and money order payment only of $80.


Classes in Brookline, MA are held in the Community Room at the Brookline Police HQ, 350 Washington St, Brookline. Accessible by Brookline Village T-green line.

Classes in Cambridge, MA are held at Lesley University, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140.



Classes in the Sandwich, MA area are held at the First Church of Christ, 136 Main Street, Sandwich, MA 02563.

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