Divorce Workshops for Kids

Artwork Created By Children at the Kids First Divorce Workshop

Kids First offers educational workshops to school-age children of divorcing parents in Linn, Johnson, and Polk Counties. 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.

Workshop Goals:

  • 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:

  • Community Youth Concepts Building, 1446 Martin Luther King Jr. PKWY, Des Moines, 50313

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 appropriate 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
501 SW 7th St. Ste. G6
Des Moines, IA 50309


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.

Register Here (Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser recommended for registration)

Kids First Law Center

420 6th St. SE Ste. 160

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

(319) 365-5437


501 SW 7th St. Ste. G6

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 414-9562


Mar 7, 2019, 12:40 PM
Save the date to join Happy Hour for Kids First on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 4:30-7:00 p.m.