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Mandatory Seminar - Impact on Children
The Pierce County Superior Court judges find that it is in the best interest of any child whose parents or custodians are involved in specific court proceedings to provide such parents with an educational workshop concerning the impact family restructuring has on their child.

New Mandatory Impact on Children Seminar offered for Non-Parentel Custody Petitioners
Effective September 1, 2013, Hope Sparks will be offering a 4-hour Impact on Children seminar specifically aimed at families and individuals providing kinship care when the biological parent(s) are not fit or otherwise available to parent their children.  This course has been approved as an alternative to the regular Mandatory Impact on Children seminar required by PCLSPR 94.05 and is designed for petitioners in Non-Parental Custody cases under RCW Ch. 26.10. The first class is tentatively set for September 27, 2013.  For enrollment and other scheduling information, please contact Hope Sparks directly at (253) 565-4484.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Judge Elizabeth Martin at 253-798-6630.

Workshop Tools
The workshop offers parents tools to help ensure that their child's emotional needs will not be overlooked during the legal processes, to encourage parents to agree on child-related matters and to aid in maximizing the use of court time.

Introduction to the Seminar
The Impact on Children seminar shall provide information concerning the impact family restructuring has on children.

Seminar Content
The Superior Court judges (or a committee designated by the judges) adopted guidelines governing the content of the seminar, the minimum credentials and experience required of seminar instructors and administrative requirements of an acceptable program. The judges' committee will review submitted proposals and approve those programs which meet the outlined criteria for the course. Both the seminar content guidelines and the instructors' minimum qualifications were adopted as a Superior Court administrative policy.

Administrative Policy
Copies of the Superior Court administrative policy are available from Pierce County Superior Court administration and also in the local rules document. See Part VI, Administrative Policies, Policy 5 regarding the Impact on Children seminar.