COPE: A Parenting Seminar

The family disruption resulting from separation and divorce is difficult -- both for adults and children. How parents handle their family restructuring makes a big difference in how their children respond to the situation. There are many positive actions parents can take to increase their child’s security and acceptance of the family changes.

Find a Seminar

Since 1992, The COPE program has been equipping parents with insights, information, practical tips and tools to make their job as parents easier, more rewarding and -- most importantly -- more influential on their children’s successful adjustment to changes in their family life.

Seminars Cover:

  • How children experience divorce and other family transitions
  • Development needs of children
  • Effective parenting
  • Pitfalls to avoid
  • Communication between parents
  • Protecting children from adult conflict

Who Should Attend?

Parents with minor children involved in divorce, establishment of parentage, separation, dissolution of civil unions, and changes in parental rights and responsibilities, are required by Vermont Court Judges to attend the seminar.

Family and friends supporting an involved parent, professionals who work with families going through family transitions, college students, and others from the community may attend when registered in the same manner as parents. The program content is not appropriate for children.

  • Seminar Registration

    COPE seminars are held at local County Courts and cost $75 (per participant) to attend.

    • If you prefer to take the class separate from your child’s other parent please contact the court where your case is filed to discuss this request.
    • To request a disability-related accommodation and/or foreign language interpreter for this program, please notify the court where your case is filed at least three weeks before the class date in order to make appropriate arrangements.
    • To request a reduced rate, download, fill out, and submit the court's Application for a Reduced Fee Form (pdf).

    REGISTER ONLINE

    Can't Register Online?

    Contact the court where your case is filed to register and pay with cash, check or a money order. Pre-registration 5 days before the class date is required. Please note:

    • You will need to fill out a Mail-In Registration Form (pdf).
    • Make checks / money orders payable to University of Vermont.
    • An additional $20 fee will be incurred for checks that are not honored by your bank.
    • Pay with a personal money order or cash if you will be closing your checking account in the next three months.
    • If you're requesting a reduced rate, download and fill out the court's Application for a Reduced Fee Form (pdf).

    Attendance

    After attending the full four-hour session, the instructors will confirm your attendance with the court. A certificate of your attendance is available from the instructors by request.

    Questions

    • Questions about seminar content or instructors: call UVM Extension at 1-800-639-2130 (toll-free in Vermont).
    • Questions regarding your registration or cancellations due to weather conditions: call the county court where you registered or the county court where you will be taking the class.
    • Refer to the Family Division Court Information website for addresses and additional court contact information.

Upcoming Seminars

Addison County | Middlebury Court | (802) 388-7741
7 Mahady Court, Middlebury VT 05753 | map

  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019: 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Bennington County | Bennington Court | (802) 447-2727
200 Veterans Memorial Drive, Bennington VT 05201 | map

  • Friday, December 7, 2018: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Friday, February 5, 2019: 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Caledonia County | St. Johnsbury Court | (802) 748-6600
1126 Main Street (Suite 1), St Johnsbury VT 05819 | map

  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Chittenden County | Burlington Court | (802) 651-1709
32 Cherry Street (Champlain Room on the 3rd floor), Burlington VT 05401 | map

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018: 12:15 - 4:15 pm
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019: 12:15 - 4:15 pm
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019: 12:15 - 4:15 pm
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Essex County | Guildhall Court | (802) 676-3910
75 Courthouse Drive, Guildhall VT 05905 | map

  • Register for a class in a nearby county.

Franklin County | St. Albans Court | (802) 524-7997
36 Lake Street, St Albans VT 05478 | map

  • Friday, October 19, 2018: 12:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018: 12:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, January 4, 2019: 12:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019: 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Grand Isle County | North Hero Court | (802) 372-8350
3677 US-2, North Hero, VT 05474 | map

  • Register for a class in a nearby county.

Lamoille County | Hyde Park Court | (802) 888-3887
154 Main Street, Hyde Park, VT 05655 | map

  • Monday, October 22, 2018: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Monday, December 3, 2018: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Monday, February 4, 2019: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Orange County | Chelsea Court | (802) 685-4610
5 Court Street, Chelsea VT 05038 | map

  • Register for a class in a nearby county.

Orleans County | Newport Court | (802) 334-3305
217 Main Street, Newport VT 05855 | map

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 13, 2018: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 7, 2019: 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Rutland County | Rutland Court | (802) 786-5856
9 Merchants Row, Rutland VT 05701 | map

  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018: 4:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019: 4:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019: 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Washington County | Barre Court | (802) 479-4205
255 North Main Street, Barre VT 05641 | map

  • Friday, October 19, 2018: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Friday, November 30, 2018: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Friday, January 18, 2019: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Friday, March 15, 2019: 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Windham County | Brattleboro Court | (802) 257-2800
30 Putney Road (2nd floor), Brattleboro VT 05301 | map

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, January 17, 2019: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019: 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Windsor County | White River Junction Court | (802) 295-8865
82 Railroad Row, White River Junction VT 05001 | map

  • Friday, October 26, 2018: 12:15 - 4:15 pm
  • Friday, November 30, 2018: 12:15 - 4:15 pm
  • Friday, December 28, 2018: 12:15 - 4:15 pm
  • Friday, January 25, 2019: 12:15 - 4:15 pm
  • Friday, February 22, 2019: 12:15 - 4:15 pm
  • Friday, March 29, 2019: 12:15 - 4:15 pm

REGISTER ONLINE

Parent Handbook

Accompanies the COPE Seminar and focuses on understanding family changes from your child's point of view:

  • communicating with your child and with your child's other parent
  • restructuring your family
  • resources for you
  • children's activities.

PDF icon Download the Handbook (pdf)

Resources For Parents