Divorce Workshops
for Children

Teaching Kids Skills to Cope with Divorce

Divorce results in dramatic lifestyle changes for everyone involved, but these changes are even more difficult for children who may feel overwhelmed or left out. Our divorce workshops help kids involved in divorce cases understand what is happening between their parents while teaching them ways to cope with the changes that come with divorce. During the workshop, trained facilitators provide caring and respectful age-appropriate education about divorce. Children participate with kids their age and engage in creative and positive activities that teach them skills to adjust to their new lifestyle.

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Court Requirement

Workshop completion is required for children whose parents file for divorce in Polk County and Dallas County. When you register, you will be asked for you case number. These typically start with CDCD or CDDM followed by six numerical digits. ICCJ records the case number and after all children in a family have attended, ICCJ will email a certificate to parents to share with their attorneys.

Fees and Location

Workshop fees are $40/one child or $80/family. To request a reduced fee based on low-income status please contact us.

Workshops are held in two convenient locations in Polk and Dallas County. Children have the option to attend either location:
• Lutheran Church of Hope Waukee, 305 NE Dartmoor Drive, Waukee
• Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave, Des Moines


My son LOVED this experience and asked if he can do it again! This completely surprised me—it’s out of character for him to be enthusiastic about this kind of thing. So, thank you! Well done.

Parent of a workshop student
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We achieve our mission with the help of generous donors and volunteers. Contributing to Iowa Center for Children’s Justice gives support to families experiencing conflict.