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Divorce Support Specialist Agencies offer programmes which adopt a child-centric approach. These programmes are delivered by specialist counsellors and social workers to help divorcing and divorced families understand the impact of divorce on children.
Mandatory Parenting Programme
For more information on the Mandatory Parenting Programme, please click here.
Parenting PACT is a one-time consultation session for divorced parents with children who are 21 years old and below.
The session aims to help parents:
This is a two-hour session conducted by family counsellors from the Divorce Support Specialist Agencies.
Divorced parents who are required by the Courts to attend this parenting programme will get a notification to attend Parenting PACT by post.
Children in Between (CiB)
Children in Between is a programme for parents and their children who are between 6 to less than 15 years of age.
The workshops under CiB cover topics for both parents and children:
This free workshop is run by family counsellors from the Divorce Support Specialist Agencies.
Both parents and their children are encouraged to attend the workshops in separate sessions.
Supervised Exchange and Visitation Programme
The Supervised Exchange and Visitation Programme helps high conflict families manage difficulties over child access matters. It provides a safe platform for children who express strong reluctance and discomfort about meeting their access parent. Counsellors help by mitigating distrust and working on the complex family dynamics.
Supervised Exchange and Visitation is an interim measure to facilitate families to work towards independent child access. The end goal is to help parents co-parent effectively and build secure parent-child relationships over time without compromising the child’s sense of personal and emotional safety.
Thye Hua Kwan Centre for Family Harmony, Care Corner Centre for Co-parenting and Thrive Parenting!AMKFSC Community Service are the 3 appointed Divorce Support Specialist Agencies that offer the Supervised Exchange and Visitation Programme.
This programme is strictly for court ordered cases only.
Discernment Counselling aims to help couples gain clarity and confidence in making a decision about the future of their marriage, based on a deeper understanding of what has happened to their marriage and each person's contribution to the problems. Discernment Counselling is a short term counselling lasting between 1-5 sessions, and is targeted at couples where at least one spouse has doubts or concerns about moving forward with the divorce.
It allows couples to consider three options:
Do note that Discernment Counselling is not marriage counselling intended to solve the couple's marital problems.
Counselling and Support Programmes
During the counselling sessions, individuals and families come together in a safe and confidential platform where they can share experiences and offer mutual support to one another.
Some free support programmes at the DSSAs are: