Divorce & Parenting Resources

Kids First

Kids First is DeKalb County’s court-approved parenting education program for separating parents in accordance with Illinois Supreme Court Rule 924.

This four-hour evening course assists parents with understanding how to lessen the negative impact of divorce/separation on their children. This information is also presented to assist parents in adjusting to this major change in their own lives.

Kids First is taught by a PhD with more than 30 years of experience. He also provides Divorce Mediation as a separate service to those who request it.

Family Service Agency offers Kids First twice a month, advanced registration is required and the schedule is subject to change. Parents must attend different sessions. Children are not permitted.

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Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation allows separating parents to make necessary decisions together, with the assistance of a neutral party: a mediator. As a form of dispute resolution, mediation is typically a component of a joint-parenting agreement.

Instead of focusing on the past and creating conflict, mediation helps parents to focus on present concerns, such as their child's needs. Together through guided cooperation, parents can discuss and determine the outcome of various co-parenting issues, including custody or time-sharing.

For additional information or to schedule a mediation call us today!

Active Parenting

Active Parenting is a free educational program for parents seeking to expand their knowledge on effective discipline techniques, communication, child development, and more! 

Active Parenting First Five Years

4-week program focused on building a strong bond, your child's growing brain, effective discipline young children can understand, and how to prepare for school success.

Active Parenting 6 to 12

6-week program focused on non-violent discipline, communication, diffusing power struggles, stimulating independence, and teaching important character traits.

Active Parenting of Teens

4-week program focused on methods of discipline, skills for communication, preventing risky behavior, and how to be an encouraging parent.

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Meet the Providers

Dan Klein, Ph.D., LCSW

Dan has worked with Family Service Agency for nearly 35 years as a clinician, facilitator, and a Mediator. He is a goal-centered clinician focusing on adult, family, and couple counseling. He provides divorce mediation and Kids First. Dan has a Master’s Degree in Health Education from Adelphi University, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Aurora University, and a Doctoral Degree in Health Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has taught death education, human sexuality, and mental and emotional health courses at State University College Plattsburgh, Aurora University School of Social Work, and Northern Illinois University.

Sha' Hill, MSW, LSW

Sha has a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Individual Development from NIU. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Aurora University in 2019 and is a Licensed Social Worker. She is the School-Based and Youth Programming Coordinator at Family Service Agency and provides Active Parenting classes to those that may need them.

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For additional information or to register, please call 815-758-8616.

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