Focus on Kids

Focus on Kids is a workshop to help parents learn how to nurture and support their children through the divorce process and to help parents who are living apart develop ways to work together effectively as co-parents. Focus on Kids satisfies Missouri's educational requirement for parents who are divorcing or filing a motion to modify. It is conducted in cooperation with Missouri’s circuit courts.

What will I gain?

After attending attending this 2 hour class, you will:

  • Understand the importance of ongoing, supportive and nurturing involvement by both parents.
  • Receive information on both children’s and adolescents’ developmental needs, abilities and common reactions to divorce.
  • Learn specific behaviors that help in a co-parenting situation and those that should be avoided.
  • Receive information on community resources.


  • Participants must sign up by calling the Buchanan County Office at 816-279-1691. If you have any questions feel free to contact the Buchanan County Office.
  • Parents must attend separate sessions
  • Children are NOT allowed at the sessions
  • Please be in the meeting room 10 to 15 minutes early to sign in and receive your materials
  • Fee is $35.00.
  • The class will last 2 hours and participants must be there for the entirety of the class to be signed off for attending the class. To meet the requirements for attending the Focus on Kids class a participant must both sign-in when they arrive at the class and sign-out before they leave. If a participant does not sign-in and sign-out of the class they will be considered void for attending the class and must register, pay, and attend a new class. If a participants is more than 15 minutes late for the class they void their attendance for that class and must register, pay, and attend a new class.

Class Location

Nodaway County Administration Center
Main Floor Meeting Room
403 N. Market
Maryville, MO

Please enter using main Administration Center doors located on Main Street and Market Street intersection, southwest corner of the building. Focus on Kids will be held in the Main floor meeting room, first door on the left after entering the main doors.


Focus on Kids classes will be taught from 10:00 am-12:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

  • May 23, 2019 - time will be 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • June 20, 2019 - time will be 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • July 10, 2019
  • August 15, 2019
  • September 19, 2019
  • October 17, 2019
  • November 14, 2019
  • December 12, 2019


Katie Pemberton, MS
Human Development and Family Studies Specialist, Northwest Region
Buchanan County Extension Center
4125 Mitchell Ave.
St. Joseph, MO 64507
Phone: (816) 279-1691

Additional Resources

Focus on Kids statewide site
Online course and other parenting resources

Missouri state statutes
Chapt. 452: Dissolution of Marriage, Divorce, Alimony and Separate Maintenance   (Section 452.372)  Mandatory educational sessions when...
More MU Extension resources on parenting and healthy families