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Children are Forever - Portage County

If you have found your way here, you have likely been instucted that you are required to attend the "Children are Forever" Seminar for Parents.  This seminar is required by The Portage County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations, with the support of the Portage County Bar Association, and will be presented by Dr. Dixie Benshoff.

Divorce is a stressful experience for both parents and children.


The purpose of this seminar is to show  parents how to help their children cope with divorce.


This is an educational seminar and not intended to provide psychological or legal advice.

Who Must Attend:


By local rule of The Portage County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations, all parents with minor children who are parties to a divorce, dissolution, or legal separation action must attend within 45 days of filing. At the conclusion of the seminar  a record of attendance will be submitted to the court.

Seminar Topics:


  • The Emotional Impact of Divorce on Children


  • Children’s Reactions to Divorce at Different Stages


  • How Parents Can Help Children


  • Community Resources to Help You and Your Children.

Important Info:


  • Do not bring children or guests to the seminar.

  • Only registered participants will be admitted.

  • Bailiff reserves the right to refuse admittance or participation to anyone for inappropriate dress or conduct.

  • You must be present and attentive for the entire program or you will be asked to repeat it.

  • No cell phones, texting, pagers, video or audio taping, etc.

  • Firearms or other weapons are not permitted.

Phone Registration Required!

To register, call (330) 298-3333

What to Expect When You Call:


1. Your call will be answered between 9       a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.     You may leave a message at any other     time or between noon and 1:00.      

2. You must spell your first and last

     names distinctly.

3. You must leave your court case

     number when registering.

4. You must leave a reliable telephone

     number, however DO NOT expect a          call back.

5.  If there is no temporary protection

     order or civil protection order you

     will automatically be registered

     for the next available seminar. The

     date of the seminar will be

     included in the message.

6.  If you are not registered you will

     not be admitted to the seminar.



The seminar is held on the third Saturday of each month.  Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. to sign in.  The seminar runs from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  Late arrivals will NOT be admitted.


The Woodlands

6831 North Chestnut Street

Ravenna, Ohio  44266

You will learn:



  1. to identify what your children might be feeling.

  2. to identify what you can do to be helpful to your children.

  3. to prepare for conflict that might arise.

  4. where to go for help.

Click here to see what participants have to say about the "Children Are Forever" program

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