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.
Email: contact form on website
Additional Information: This parenting class is free for residents of Seattle, and is generally accepted by Washington State Courts; parents/caregivers will get a certificate of completion after finishing the course, and can ask for a letter of enrollment to show the courts. Each class is two hours long, and a calendar can be found on their website.
Additional Information: The Center for Human Services offers parenting classes in both English and Spanish. Classes are two (2) hours long, focusing on strengthening positive parent-child relationships, and are free. Childcare is limited, and parents/caregivers must have at least one child under six (6) years old to participate.
Email: contact form on website
Additional Information: This parenting class focuses on the positive discipline approach, and is generally accepted by Washington State courts. It costs $25 per class with scholarships available and free childcare provided for children over one (1) year.
Phone: 425-485-6541 (ext. 110-teacher)
Additional Information: For parents/caregivers with King County Provider One, this class is free, otherwise they are $20 per session plus a $25 book (14 classes total are offered, to come to a total of about $300 for those without Provider One). It is generally accepted by Washington State courts, and a certificate of completion is provided when the entire course is finished (certificate of partial completion can also be provided upon request). The overall themes of the classes are nurturing parenting, but they cover a variety of topics (calendar on website).
Additional Information: Parent Trust is a helpful online resource for parents/caregivers who do not necessarily want/have time to take a full class on parenting skills. Their website has a list of parenting tips and tools organized by theme/age here. They also provide a help line for parents to call and ask more specific questions at the toll-free number 1(800)932-4673. More information about the help line here. They also offer parenting classes that focus on preparing for a new child and infant care, and are free with Provider One, with scholarships available for those who don’t. Parents/caregivers can register here.
Additional Information: The parenting classes offered at SYFS are four (4) to ten (10) weeks long and meet once or twice a week (depending on what program you choose), and childcare is provided. Topics covered include violence prevention, rites of passage, positive discipline, community involvement, and enhancing relationships. Check the calendar to see when the classes are offered in Spanish, or contact them to see if other language accommodations can be made.
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.
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.