Focus on Children

The in-person Focus on Children class is discontinued until further notice due to concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus). To complete the court connected parent education and mediation orientation requirement, please follow the below listed instructions:

PARENT EDUCATION: The parent education class assists parents in supporting their children during and following the creation of a parenting plan. You must therefore take the online course Two Families Now, which costs $49, to satisfy this requirement. To take Two Families Now, please visit

To access Two Families Now if you received a fee waiver, please go to There, please enter your information and a copy of your fee waiver approval from the courts. They will then contact you once the waiver has been approved.

After completing Two Families Now, please complete the following link:

In order to complete the questionnaire, you will need to upload a copy of the Certificate of Completion from Two Families Now.

Once we receive your submitted questionnaire, including the Certificate of Completion, we will contact you to schedule a mediation orientation.


MEDIATION ORIENTATION: Our office will schedule a 30-minute mediation orientation by telephone for you when you have completed the two above-listed requirements.


MEDIATION: After you and the other parent each complete the class and  mediation orientation, we will schedule a mediation session to help you create a mutually agreed upon parenting plan. There is no charge for mediation orientation or for the mediation session.


Once you complete the mediation orientation, we will file the necessary form with the Lane County Circuit Court to complete your parent education obligation.


If you have any questions, email our office at

Please see the below list information regarding the in-person Focus on Children class:

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This class teaches parents about:

•Children’s developmental stages and what divorce and separation means to them at different ages;

•The emotional impact of divorce and separation on children;

•The difference between “normal” grief reactions and behaviors parents should be more concerned about, with accompanying resources for parents and children;

•How children are impacted by the ways the parents act towards each other;

•Effective strategies for better co-parenting during and after divorce or family separation;

•Custody, parenting time, and shared parenting plans;

•Mediation and conflict resolution.

Is the class mandatory?

Yes, if: 1) you are party to an annulment, dissolution (divorce), legal separation, custody or visitation action, or post-decree litigation involving custody or visitation, AND 2) children under the age of 18 are involved.

When are classes held?

Thursday evenings, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

How long is the class?

Focus on Children is a one-time, three-hour class held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (and on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) You must attend the entire class to earn the Certificate of Attendance.

Is childcare provided?

No, childcare is not provided during the class. Please make alternate arrangements for your children.

How many people are in the class?

The class average is 35 people.

Who teaches the class?

The class is taught by a Restorative Services staff member who is knowledgeable and experienced in the types of issues that arise when children are involved in divorce and separation.

Where is the class held?

Lane County Youth Services
Juvenile Justice Center
2727 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Eugene, OR 97401
(Across from Autzen Stadium)

When do I register?

Generally, you can register before or after you have filed for your legal action. However, once either parent has filed with the court, petitioners must register within 15 days of filing and respondents must register within 15 days of being served.

How do I register for a class?

Register Here.

If you would like to register by mail, print the registration form and mail it along with full payment. Your registration will not be processed without full payment.

Registration closes at 8:00 a.m. the day before class. We do not have a waiting list and classes often fill in advance.

How much does the class cost?

The class costs $60 per person and is nonrefundable. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. If you do not attend the class for which you registered, you will need to re-register and pay another $60 to attend class on another date.

Are fee waivers for this class available?

Lane County Youth Services offer a 50% or 100% reduction in fees based on household size and household income.

In order to qualify for a fee reduction for Focus on Children, you must apply for a waiver of your domestic relations court case fees and provide a copy of your fee waiver court application to Lane County Youth Services. A fee reduction will not be considered without a copy of the fee waiver application that was submitted to the court.

Please note that a fee waiver granted from the court no longer guarantees a full fee waiver for the Focus on Children class; a fee waiver or fee reduction will be based on household size and household income as reported in your court fee waiver application. To request a fee waiver for Focus on Children, complete this form.

The fee waiver is valid only for one class registration per court action. If you do not attend the class for which you registered, you must pay the $60 class fee in full to attend on a later date.

What if I have to cancel, reschedule, or did not show for the class I registered for?

You will have to re-register and pay another $60 to attend class on another date.

Where do I find parking?

Parking is available on the south side of the building. 

Do I have to take the class if I have taken it before?

Yes, with one exception: If you have taken the class within the past 90 days, contact our office by email to apply for a waiver of attendance.

May I attend the same class as the other parent?

No, we do not allow parents to take the class together: 1) years of experience have shown us that parents often don’t feel comfortable asking a question or raising a concern about a child in front of the other parent; and 2) parents are not as willing to engage in group work with others in the class when the other parent is present.

Are the services confidential?

No, participation in Focus on Children is a matter of public record and is therefore not protected by confidentiality.

How will the Court know I have attended?

If you have a current court action at the time you registered for the class, Restorative Services will provide a Certificate of Completion directly to the Court. If you do not have a current court action at the time of registration, Mediation & Restorative Services will give the certificate to you at the end of the class and you are responsible for filing the certificate with the Court.

Can I smoke in the building?

No, smoking is not permitted in or around the building. Participants are not allowed to leave the building, so do not plan to smoke during breaks.

Do I need to bring anything?

Bring a sweater or other layered clothing. You may also wish to bring a beverage and snack. You must stay in the building during breaks, so be sure to bring everything you need with you when you arrive for class. If you leave the building for any reason, you will not be able to return to class.

How do I access free mediation services?

The first step is for each parent to take the Focus on Children class. After you and the other parent attend the class, we will schedule a mediation appointment for you.

I live more than 100 miles from Eugene. Do I need to travel to take the class?

No, if you live more than 100 miles from Eugene, email Restorative Services to receive approved alternatives and instructions. If you live within 100 miles of Eugene, you need to take the Focus on Children class.

How do I contact Restorative Services staff with additional questions?

You may email us with additional questions. Contact Restorative Services Staff.


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