The New York State Parent Education and Awareness Program (“Program”) is an initiative of former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, who announced in her 2001 State of the Judiciary address her wish to institutionalize parent education and awareness programs in New York State, to improve the quality of court outcomes involving children in such situations.
The New York State Parent Education and Awareness Program is designed to educate divorcing or separating parents about the impact of their breakup on their children. The primary goal is to teach parents ways they can reduce the stress of family changes and protect their children from the negative effects of ongoing parental conflict in order to foster and promote their children’s healthy adjustment and development. Four topics are addressed in the Parenting & Child Well-Being portion of the curriculum: 1) Creating and Maintaining Supportive Parent-Child Relationships; 2) Providing a Stable, Supportive Home Environment; 3) Maintaining Healthy Parental Functioning & Psychological Well-Being; and 4) Protecting Children from Ongoing Conflict Between Parents. There is also an overview of the Legal Process.
The program was launched in 2005. The various programs that are currently certified throughout New York State by the Program are set forth in the list of Certified Parent Education Providers (“Provider List”) on the left-hand side of this Home Page. This list is continually updated.
In addition to court orders and referrals to certified programs in appropriate cases, parents can self-refer and agencies can refer them.