Kids First offers educational workshops to school-age children of divorcing parents in Linn and Johnson County. Kids First designed its workshops to help kids understand and cope with their parents’ separation and divorce.
Eight to ten kids are grouped together by grade level for each workshop. Workshops are interactive and utilize artwork, games, videos, discussions, and role playing. Kids take home an activity book to spark discussion with their parents, and the parents receive a take-home sheet explaining what the children learned.
Provide youth with a safe and confidential place to discuss their feelings about divorce
Let children know they are not alone and the divorce is not their fault
Give kids practical skills to handle common divorce scenarios and adjust to family changes
Clarify misconceptions and set age-appropriate expectations for the legal process
Children must be pre-registered in order to attend a workshop. After completing the registration form, you will receive an email confirmation.
Where are Workshops Held?
Workshops are held in two locations for Linn/Johnson County. Children have the option to attend either place.
Kids First (in Mercy’s Sister Mary Lawrence Community Center), 420 6th Street SE, Cedar Rapids
North Liberty Library, 520 W Cherry Street, North Liberty
Polk County workshops are held at the following location:
Iowa Center for Higher Education, Fenton Administration Building, 2500 Fleur Drive, Des Moines
How Much Does the Class Cost?
The workshop is $25 for one child or $40 maximum per family. The fee can be paid online at the end of the registration process. Cash may also be brought in-person to the workshop. Alternately, a check may be mailed one week in advance to to the approproite office. Checks should be made payable to Kids First.
Kids First Law Center
420 6th St. SE, Ste. 160
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Kids First Law Center Des Moines
2704 Fleur Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50321
Low-income parents may inquire about the process to have the fee waived. Please call for details.
Cedar Rapids Office: 319-365-5437
Des Moines Office: 515-414-9562
How Does the Court Know My Child Attended the Class?
Kids First records the case number at the time of registration. One week after all of the children in a family have attended, Kids First files a certificate of completion with the Court.