Parent Facilitation

Parenting Facilitation is a professional case management service that renders assistance with problem-solving strategies to better assist parents in working together in efforts to alleviate the children’s exposure to parental conflicts between the two homes. As a child focused dispute resolution service, Parenting Facilitation assists parents with developing and implementing effective parenting plan when the parents are unable to independently do so.

Prior to the commencement of services, each adult must provide the following documents:

  1. Individual Data Form
  2. Contact Form
  3. Consent Forms
  4. Copy of the most recent court order
  5. Signed copy of the advisement form with initials on each page
  6. $600.00 deposit from each parent mailed to the mailing address. (Credit cards are NOT accepted for the initial deposit)


     Please deliver the forms to our office at:
          212 Conroe Drive
          Conroe, TX 77301


Once all the forms are fully completed and on file by both parents and the deposits have been paid, our office will contact both parents to schedule the initial joint appointment. Child Care Services are NOT provided and we ask that you do not bring children to these appointments unless requested by the facilitator. Because of the nature of high conflict families, it is important for us to maintain a written paper trail so phone calls will not be returned until we have received all required documents from ALL parties. If you have questions, please send questions in email to:

CCMC@CounselingCenterMoCo.com

 


For some parents, conflict continues to create distress for them and their children beyond the divorce. Problems may arise over issues that are not specifically addressed in their parenting plan. For example, the parenting plan may say that parents decide together on extra-curricular activities for their children but may not indicate how to deal with disagreements about these activities. When a conflict arises, children often feel caught in the middle. This situation may put them at greater risk for emotional and behavioral problems—e.g., poor school performance, anxiety, uncontrollable anger, and depression.

While divorce itself places children at risk for various psychological difficulties, research has shown that the strongest predictor of child maladjustment after divorce is exposure to high levels of inter-parental conflict, particularly when the conflict is hostile, aggressive, poorly resolved, and focused on issues pertaining to the children. In a small % of families of divorce, such conflict continues at a high level for several years following the formal divorce decree, and it typically causes the children and the parents to suffer significant and prolonged psychological distress.

Intense and prolonged inter-parental conflict can also cause problems for children indirectly. It can impair the ability of each parent to deal effectively with the children. It can draw the children into the conflict and disrupt the children’s relationships with one or both parents. In addition, it can lead to a reduction in financial support of the children by one or both parents, due to the financial costs of repeated litigation and one or both parents becoming less willing to contribute financially.

Even parents who have been able to protect their children from divorce-related conflict may encounter problems when new situations arise—e.g., remarriage.

Parenting Facilitators help parents by:

  • raising parents’ skill level in collaborative planning and decision making for their children
  • educating parents on co-parenting techniques and issues related to children growing up between two homes
  • identifying sources of conflict between them and consider ways to address them 
  • facilitating communication between the parents and between parents and others who relate to the children—e.g., grandparents, school personnel, and therapists
  • reducing chronic litigation (and preserve family resources)
  • using mediation techniques to deal with specific issues
  • applying arbitration procedures in certain defined areas when parents are otherwise unable to resolve a dispute
  • assisting the parents in compliance with court orders
 

The Parenting Facilitator may do this by reviewing written evaluations and reports, and talking with other significant individuals involved with the family (doctors, therapists, school personnel, lawyers, etc.) The Parenting Facilitator will meet with the parents jointly, and communicate by fax and email. Home visits may be made to both parent’s homes. The Parenting Facilitator can write status reports to the court as needed and defined in the order, testify in court and be contacted by other professionals, and will be present during hearings. The Parenting Facilitator may make recommendations to the parents.

One of the differences between a Parenting Facilitator and a Parenting Coordinator is a NONconfidential capacity. Texas Family Code Section 153.6051, defines when and why parent facilitators may be appointed, their duties and responsibilityes, qualifications needed to serve as such, and compensation.

Costs and Payment

The rate for Parenting Facilitation services is $120.00 to $200.00 per hour rounded up to the nearest 15 minute increment. This includes all services of the Parenting Facilitator including reviewing documentation, deliberation and issuance of decisions when parents are unable to resolve issues themselves, meetings, correspondences, phone contact, email, court time, legal expenses, and consultation with other famiy service providers.

Completion of “Understanding Parental Alienation Workshop“ must be completed within the past 6 months prior to the first session. *When registering, please specify you are doing this for Parent Facilitation services to receive a 50% discount on the rate for the workshop.