Joint Parenting Sessions

Parenting with an ex may pose challenges. Parents can attend free joint parenting sessions with their ex at Kids First. A professional facilitator guides conversations about child-related topics.

Sessions help parents:

  • Find common ground
  • Reduce conflict & improve communication
  • Resolve parenting time disputes
  • Craft parenting plans


Our unique child-centered approach helps keep kids out of the middle and parents moving forward.


What happens in a session?

Kids First ensures each session is productive by keeping parents focused on specific child-related concerns, by encouraging respectful dialogue, and by identifying child-focused solutions when parents reach an impasse. When parents reach an agreement on any issue, Kids First will provide a written summary of the parenting plan. Parenting plans are tailored to children’s needs and individualized to a particular family.

At either parent’s request, the Kids First facilitator can provide information or resources related to parenting across households.

If both parents agree, Kids First can meet separately with the school-aged children in the family to obtain children’s input.

Who can attend sessions?

Kids First can help parents who live separately and have minor children (ages 0-17) together. Parents may be divorced or never married. They can take advantage of these free services whether they have a custody order or not and whether there is a court case pending or not.

Kids First is able to accommodate parents with a No Contact Order by having separate parking lots, entrances/exits to the building, and separate meeting areas. We ensure parents do not have any contact physically or visually.

This program is not available to parents whose children are in foster care or to parents whose children have been represented by Kids First.

How do I sign up?

To inquire about services, complete this form online or call Laura Martin at Kids First at 319-739-5430.

Sessions help parents:

  • Find common ground
  • Reduce conflict & improve communication
  • Resolve parenting time disputes
  • Craft parenting plans
  • Kids First Law Center

    420 6th St. SE, Ste. 160

    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

    (319) 365-5437


    2704 Fleur Dr.

    Des Moines, IA 50321

    (515) 414-9562

    News

    Oct 30, 2017, 4:12 PM
    Kids First is pleased to announce the launch of a new program, Youth Peace Project (YPP).