Parenting Education at CFS

Be the best parent you can be.

No parent is perfect. Child & Family Services has several programs designed to help parents be the best they can be. We can provide you with tools to manage stress, deal with difficult behaviors, work with a co-parent, and keep your child safe. Browse below to see what parenting education program might best fit your needs, or call us anytime to learn more or request additional education topics.

Traverse City Office: (231) 946-8975
Harbor Springs Office: (231) 347-4463
Reach us by email:

Third Level – open 24 hours: (231) 922-4800 or (800) 442-7315

Always a Parent Program

Parenting in Real Time

Child & Family Services offers the “Always a Parent” program to parents who want to improve their parenting skills or who are having difficulty communicating with a co-parent.

“Always a Parent” emphasizes the impact of parents’ behavior on their children, and teaches parents positive, effective, cooperative communication techniques in an enjoyable, interactive way.

Classes are offered about monthly and times vary according to current needs. Please call for more information or to register.

Traverse City Office: (231) 946-8975
Harbor Springs Office: (231) 347-4463
Reach us by email:

Get These & Other Questions Answered:

  • Why is my child so “out of control?”
  • How do I get my child to take responsibility?
  • How can I get my children to tell me what is bothering them?
  • What do I do about sibling conflict?
  • How can I have a peaceful home?
  • How can I mix work and home to meet my child’s needs?
  • How do I keep my child safe?
  • What if parents cannot agree on how to raise their children?
  • How does domestic violence affect children?

What You Can Expect

  • Classes run for 2.5 hours per week for three consecutive weeks (total of 8 hours)
  • All classes are held at Child & Family Services
  • $100 fee includes sessions, textbook, and certificate. Please talk with us if you’re concerned about paying for services.
  • Certificate issued upon successful course completion

Class Topics Include:

  • Successful Conflict Resolution
  • How to discipline with love
  • How parental behaviors impact children
  • How to co-parent successfully
  • Understanding how your child thinks
  • Helping your children deal with feelings
  • How to balance your family time
  • How to effectively communicate with your children
  • Teaching life lessons
  • Raising a child to be a responsible person
  • Understanding anger and how to turn it into a positive
  • When to worry–what is “normal” and what is not
  • Buttons & triggers to behaviors
  • Understanding the power of emotions
  • The importance of family meetings and how to have them
  • Different parenting styles
  • Blended families

Foster & Adoptive Parent Support Group

Growing to meet the needs of children and families!

Xmas Foster Support volunteersSupport groups at CFS provide meaningful learning opportunities for foster and adoptive parents, and allows you to connect with other foster and adoptive parents who may share your joys and struggles.

CFS staff wants to partner with YOU to provide the best possible services to children and families in our community. We recognize the expertise’ of so many of you who have “been in the trenches” and have developed some fabulous skills – we need YOU as well! Support Groups are only as effective as the people who participate and the insights that are gained in the process. 

Register now to attend our next session!
(231) 946-8975 or

Meeting Location:

Child & Family Services
3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City

To Register:

(231) 946-8975

Important Info

All support groups run 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Childcare and a light dinner is provided. Registration by phone or email is required. Please let us know which sessions you plan to attend and your childcare needs so we may plan appropriately. Foster parents receive two hours of credit towards training for attending.

Other Opportunities

We offer several training opportunities throughout the year including extensive foster and adoptive parent trainings. If your needs do not meet the topics above, please contact us to see if we have something that more closely represents your interests and needs. We’re here to help!

Traverse City: (231) 946-8975
Harbor Springs: (231) 347-4463

Get in touch!

Traverse City Office: (231) 946-8975
Harbor Springs Office: (231) 347-4463
Reach us by email:

Third Level – open 24 hours: (231) 922-4800 or (800) 442-7315