Frequently Asked Questions

While we try to make our program as clear and easy to navigate as possible, questions still come up! Check out the list of Frequently Asked Questions below. If you still need assistance, feel free to call Kids’ Turn at 503-846-0665.

Who is required to take Kids’ Turn?

The law requires anyone with minor children under the age of 17 to attend Kids’ Turn. If your child is 17 or older, you may choose to take Kids’ Turn voluntarily and/or it may be up to the judge’s discretion. It is each individual’s responsibility to make this determination before registering for Kids’ Turn, as we have a very strict no refund policy.

How can I register for Kids’ Turn?

It is easiest to register on-line at the Kids’ Turn website. You may also come in person to the Kids’ Turn office at Youth Contact, 447 Baseline, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Our hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00am-6:00pm. You must register in the office if paying by cash or money order.

How long will it take for my Kids’ Turn forms to be processed?

Spaces in Kids’ Turn workshops are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis with the submission of the completed registration form and payment of the $280.00 enrollment fee.

After your on-line registration form and payment are received, an email receipt for the forms and payment is automatically emailed to you. A confirmation of enrollment in a specific Kids’ Turn workshop will be emailed to you within 5-7 business days. The confirmation email includes more information about your class, the children’s program, and directions to the location.

How will the Court be notified that I have completed the Kids’ Turn workshop?

All participants who successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Completion. If you provided your case number, a copy of your certificate will be forwarded to the court within 5-7 business days after the last class. If you do not provide a case number by the third class of the Kids’ Turn workshop, you will need to take the certificate to the court yourself.

Is it a good idea to bring the children?

Absolutely! Kids ages 5 and older are always welcome at Kids’ Turn! Although not required, judges look favorably on the kids’ participation. Children of all ages consistently report enjoying the classes and benefitting from the program. Kids’ Turn classes can help kids understand family changes, teach communication and problem-solving skills, and teach different ways to express feelings. This is done through group discussions, art projects, and age-appropriate games.

Can I bring my child that is younger than 5?

We do not have a curriculum for children under five in place because we have found that these children are too young to participate in the format available for this service. This class is designed to help you help your children through the transition whether they are able to attend or not. We are unable to provide childcare, and children who are not old enough to participate in Kids’ Turn may not be brought to the sessions. If you bring a child younger than five, you will be asked to leave and you will have to pay to re-register for classes.

This law/program doesn’t really apply to my situation OR I am uncertain I need to take this class. How do I determine if I am required to attend?

This class is designed specifically for families who are transitioning through divorce, dissolution, legal separation or annulment action, or a post-decree motion involving custody or visitation. If you feel that you should not have to take the class OR if you are uncertain it is required in your case, you or your attorney may attempt to have the requirement waived by contacting the judge. Kids’ Turn/Youth Contact cannot waive the class for you.

Who are the facilitators?

Generally, facilitators are parent and child educators who have advanced mental health, social service, teaching degrees, and/or extensive field/group experience as well as specific training in the Kids’ Turn program.

Do I have to attend with the child’s other parent?

No, you do not have to attend the same group as the other parent. However, children may benefit more, both during the workshop and in the long run, when both parents attend the same workshop. Please keep in mind that even if you do choose to attend the same workshop, two parent groups are formed so that parents of the same family are not assigned to the same parent group together. There is one exception to this – the final night graduation which lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Can you tell me if the other parent is registered or has taken the class?

We are not able to give out that information. If the other parent has completed the class, their certificate will be on file with the Clerk of Court’s office.

What if my spouse doesn’t take the class? What if I don’t take the class?

Penalties for non-compliance are left up to the court. Kids’ Turn/ Youth Contact does not make those decisions.

Can my boyfriend/girlfriend/fiancé(e)/new spouse, etc. attend the workshop with me?

We wholeheartedly acknowledge the importance of step-parents and other adult figures in the lives of the children. However, Kids’ Turn is only for parents and guardians who have registered for the class.

Why do I have to pay for this class if I already paid my filing fee?

Fees for Kids’ Turn are not included with court filing fees. As a result, we are required to collect a separate fee in order to run the program.

Can I do all four classes in one week rather than in four?

No, Kids’ Turn is designed to be taken in four sequential weeks. You must attend four weekly classes at the same location.

Can I make up a session if something comes up and I can’t go?

We do not offer make up classes for a number of reasons, and participants must complete all four classes in order to receive their Certificate of Completion. Please only sign up for a series of classes when you know you can complete all four sessions.