Please be advised this class is currently offered in English only, and we cannot accommodate speakers of other languages.

Frequently Asked Questions



What is For Kids’ Sake?

A 4 hour parent education seminar that teaches parents how to nurture their children through the transition of divorce, separation, or break-ups.

Even the most caring parents find it difficult to focus on their children’s needs during a family crisis such as separation or divorce. Many parents simply do not have the necessary skills to help their children with the resulting change and loss. Community Mediation’s For Kids’ Sake seminar puts parents in touch with their children’s needs and provides parents with the knowledge and skills to safely nurture their children through the transition.

The overwhelming majority of parents who have participated in this seminar feel that it is a supportive and worthwhile experience. The four-hour seminar provides valuable, educational information related the parent/child relationship. It is not a counseling session or a time to deal with personal or legal issues, but a chance to learn the skills parents need to help their children through a very difficult time.

What will be covered?

The seminar will focus on issues such as:

  • Understanding the effects of divorce and separation on children.
  • Gaining insight into children’s perceptions of separation.
  • Talking to your children about the transition.
  • Avoiding placing children in the middle of parents’ issues.
  • Maintaining a meaningful relationship with your children.
Who May Attend?

Any interested parent, grandparent, partner of a parent, or professional is invited to attend. Parents involved in a divorce, separation, or those who have filed with a court to establish or change a custody or visitation arrangement may be required to attend.

Will I Receive a Certificate of completion?

Yes. In order to receive a certificate of completion, participants must attend the entire 4 hour seminar.

Where are the classes held?

Jefferson Center; 541 Luck Ave; Roanoke, VA 24016

Classes are held either:

  1. On the first floor (Training Theater) or
  2. On the 3rd floor (Children’s Trust Conference Room) in the Jefferson Center.

Your confirmation email, sent to you about a week prior to the training, will specify which location.
Getting there:

  • Training Theater location: Enter Jefferson Center from Luck Avenue, follow pink signs to Training Theater.
  • 3rd floor location: Enter Jefferson Center from Luck Avenue and take the elevator to the third floor. Follow the pink signs. Turn left. Proceed to end of the hallway, past Children’s Trust Administrative Office in Suite 308. Turn left again at the end of the hall. The conference room (Suite 312) will be through the second door on the right, beside the sign that says Children’s Trust/Community Mediation. If you pass the Junior League in Suite 317, you have gone too far.


For Kids’ Sake Parenting Class Schedule

Upcoming Classes

Saturday, February 23, 2019 (9am – 1pm)

Saturday, March 23, 2019 (9am – 1pm)

Saturday, April 27, 2019 (9am – 1pm)

Registration Information


  • If you have been ordered to attend this class by a court, you must register and pay (* see note below about low-income tuition assistance) within 10 days of the order. You must then complete the class within 90 days of the date of the order.
  • Your place in the class is not held until both registration and payment have been received (* see note below about low-income tuition assistance for parents).
  • Payment: Go to the “Payments” button at the bottom of this page.
  • Payment must be made by cash, money order, debit card, or credit card ONLY. No checks will be accepted.
  • The Community Mediation/Children’s Trust will reschedule classes if the 4 participant minimum is not met or if there is a weather event.

Please click here to complete the online registration form.

You may also register in the office, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you would like an application mailed to you, please call the number below. Mailed applications should be returned back with a money order for the class fee to:

Community Mediation/Children’s Trust
541 Luck Avenue, Suite 308
Roanoke, VA 24016

*If you qualify as a low-income ($30,000/year or less) parent or you have an open DCSE (Division of Child Support Enforcement) case, you MAY qualify for tuition assistance. You should still register for the seminar; however, do not proceed with payment for the class until you have been contacted by CRC staff.

If you need any additional assistance or have further questions, please contact us at (540) 342-2063 ext 25, or email Mr. Kim Kristensen at

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