Focus on Kids: Buchanan County Parent Education Program (Circuit: 4th)


Parents who are divorcing or separating face unique challenges in parenting their children while living apart. The purpose of the Focus on Kids (FOK) program is to help parents learn how to nurture and support their children through the divorce/separation process, and to help parents develop ways to effectively work together as co-parents.

Conducted in cooperation with Missouri’s circuit courts, the Focus on Kids program satisfies the Missouri law that requires parents who are divorcing and creating or modifying a custody order to complete an educational parenting program.

Pre-registration and payment is required 48 hours prior to the class.

Cost: $35 per person, payable by cash or money order made out to Buchanan County Extension Office (no personal checks accepted).

Online option available with a cost of $45 instead of $35 and it is dependent on the court system on whether online will be accepted.

To register contact:
Buchanan County Extension Office
4125 Mitchel Ave.
St. Joseph, MO 64507

Focus on Kids contact:
Katie Pemberton
[email protected]  


  • Monday, July 26th
    10:00 am-12:00; 2:00 pm-4:00 pm 
  • Wednesday, August 25th
    10:00 am-12:00; 2:00 pm-4:00 pm  
  • Wednesday, September 8th
    10:00 am-12:00; 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 13th
    10:00 am-12:00; 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 10th
    10:00 am-12:00; 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 8th
    10:00 am-12:00; 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Additional Information:

  • Divorcing parents need to attend the workshop separately. Each parent needs to attend only once. 
  • Since childcare is not provided; children are not allowed to attend.
  • Pre-registration and payment are required 48 hours prior to the date of the class you wish to attend.
  • Registration at the door will not be accepted.
  • Fees are forfeited if a participant fails to attend.
  • Sign-in and sign-out are required. Plan to arrive 10 minutes early and to stay for the entire 2 hour session.
  • Late participants will not be permitted to attend and will also forfeit the class fees. Please be in the classroom 10 minutes early to sign in, receive materials and complete forms.
  • Attendance is confirmed after you have completed a session. The facilitator or office will send verification to the Circuit Clerk.
  • If you need special accommodations because of a disability, or materials in an alternative format, please contact the Program Facilitator at least 72 hours prior to class.

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