FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Why should I bring my children to the Family Workshop at Kids’ Turn San Diego?
Most children benefit greatly from the program because they are given a safe place to talk about their experiences and feelings. When children attend our Family Workshop for separated and divorced families, they meet other children/teens in similar family situations and immediately realize that they are not alone. Children have told us that this realization reduces their stress and makes them feel “normal” because they are not the only child in a separated or divorced family. Children learn new communication skills and engage in a variety of activities developed to help them express their thoughts and feelings. Children benefit most from the program when they attend all four sessions but this is not a requirement. Children ages 5-17 are eligible to attend. Childcare is not available for children under five years.
2. Are things we talk about in the program kept confidential?
Yes, however, we are mandated reporters and are required to report suspected child abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence, elder abuse and intent to harm oneself or others. We do NOT report to the Superior Court of San Diego and parents are responsible for submitting their certificate of completion if they are court ordered to attend the program.
3. Does this program satisfy my court order to complete a co-parenting program?
Yes, our Family Workshop is recognized as a court approved co-parenting program and we are listed on the Co-parenting Program Resource List on the San Diego Superior Court website. Please note: To receive a certificate of completion, adult participants must attend all four sessions of the same Family Workshop in their entirety. The Family Workshop attendance policy states that if a client misses more than 15 minutes of a session, it is considered an absence. If you are unable to attend all four sessions of the same Family Workshop, you will not receive a certificate of completion; however, you are welcome to continue attending the remainder of the Family Workshop. If you prefer, we can transfer your paid tuition to a future Family Workshop of your choice that better meets your availability in attending all four sessions. Kids’ Turn San Diego does not offer “make up” sessions at our Family Workshops.
4. Does Kids’ Turn San Diego report to the court?
To participate in the Family Workshop, parents are required to sign a consent form that clearly waives their right to request court documentation or letters for the court, meaning that Kids’ Turn San Diego staff MAY NOT be subpoenaed to testify in divorce or custody proceedings. If a parent is ordered to attend the Family Workshop at Kids’ Turn San Diego, he or she will be issued a certificate of completion on the last session of the Family Workshop upon satisfactory completion of the program. It is the participants’ responsibility to submit their certificate directly to the court.
5. Will I receive information about my child’s progress?
Since one of the primary goals of the program is to provide a safe place for children to talk about their experiences and feelings, Group Leaders do not share specific information with the parents about their children. Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about their experiences after each session, as communicating directly with your children is the best measure of how they are feeling.
6. Is childcare available for children too young to attend?
Children between the ages of 5 and 17 are encouraged to participate in the Family Workshop. We DO NOT provide childcare for children under 5 years of age and parents must make their own childcare arrangements for children who are too young for the program. Due to our insurance guidelines, outside childcare MAY NOT occur at the Family Workshop.
7. Can my new spouse or other adults attend the program with me?
The Family Workshop is designed for parents and their children ages 5-17 to participate together. To support other adults in the life of your children, we offer programs that others are invited to attend. For more information about program availability, please visit our website at www.kidsturnsd.org.
8. Must both parents attend the same Family Workshop?
It is strongly recommended that both parents attend the same workshop. Although co-parents are not in the same classroom, they learn the same co-parenting skills simultaneously throughout the Family Workshop. When a parent registers for the program, he/she is asked to provide contact information for his/her co-parent and we invite your co-parent to attend the same Family Workshop. When there is a restraining order (RO) or temporary restraining order (TRO) in effect between co-parents, we do not invite the co-parent. As a reminder, the program works best when the entire family is present and you are encouraged to attend together. When reasonable to do so, it is highly suggested that co-parents communicate with each other and decide which Family Workshop series will work best for the entire family to attend.
9. Do I have to attend all four sessions of the workshop?
All adult participants must attend all four sessions of the same workshop in their entirety to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program. Please note: the Family Workshop attendance policy states that if a client misses more than 15 minutes of a session, it is considered an absence. If you are unable to attend all four sessions of the same workshop, you will not receive a certificate of completion. Kids’ Turn San Diego does not offer “make up” sessions at our Workshops.
Should an emergency arise that prevents you from attending a session, please call our office (858-521-0027). We are happy to re-schedule you for our next available Family Workshop and will apply the tuition you already paid to the future Family Workshop. All children who attend at least one session of a Workshop will receive a certificate of participation.
10. Do you offer tuition discounts?
Yes – If parents are unable to pay the $400/parent tuition due to financial hardship, they may request a Family Workshop Tuition Reduction Scholarship form by contacting our office at 858-521-0027 or by downloading the application form from our website, www.kidsturnsd.org under the programs tab. Completed forms must be received at least one week prior to the start of the Family Workshop. Once the completed form and documents are reviewed, the Program Director will notify you of your tuition amount within one week. If you submitted a Tuition Reduction Scholarship Application, you are encouraged to call our office at 858-521-0027 to confirm receipt of the application. There is no fee for children to attend the Family Workshops.
11. What if I am unable to pay the full tuition by the first session of the Family Workshop?
Participants are expected to pay the $100 deposit with their registration paperwork to secure their space in the Family Workshop before the posted deadline. This deposit is applied toward the $400/parent tuition. The balance is due on or before the first session. If participants are unable to make the final tuition payment, they may call our office (858-521-0027) to discuss their situation and to establish a payment plan.
12. If I attend the Family Workshop, am I able to attend more than once and do you offer a discount if I attend again?
You are welcome to attend as many Family Workshops as you wish. All returning participants are offered a $50 discount for any future Workshops they wish to attend. Many of our graduates attend future Workshops, either as a refresher for themselves or to give extra group support to their growing children. All participating children must have at least one parent participating in the same Family Workshop.
13. Does Kids’ Turn San Diego offer any other programs or seminars for parents or children?
Kids’ Turn San Diego currently offers ‘Continuing the Conversation’ Counseling for Children, Adult Children of Divorce Seminars and a quarterly class for military families called “Peak Performance Military Family Class”. Information about these programs and other events may be found on our website, www.kidsturnsd.org.