What is COPE?

COPE is a one-time, four-hour seminar provided for parents who are going through divorce or separation.

The seminar is oriented toward how to help your children through the divorce and providing parenting strategies for after the divorce takes place. This seminar is required for both parents by the Marion County courts. Although it is court-mandated for most parents that attend, anyone may register for this class.

We know that divorce/separation can be a difficult time for all involved. We also know that parents’ actions and decisions profoundly affect how well a child adjusts to the changes.

Parents will leave the seminar feeling like they have more tools for helping their children to thrive and be happy during this transition.

Topics include:

  • What children of different ages feel and think about during divorce and separation
  • How to talk to your children about the divorce or separation; how to get children to open up
  • How conflict affects your children
  • Changing your relationship with the other parent to reduce conflict
  • Shared parenting dos and don’ts; strategies for parenting with the other parent
  • Why children need noncustodial parents to stay involved
  • Information on creating a parenting plan and where to look for resources

And more…

PLEASE NOTE:  At this time there are no online classes available for this COPE class.  If you have signed up for an online class and you have filed your paperwork in Marion Co., please check with Marion Co. Family Courts to make sure that class is approved.

Information about COPE

Location:  1255 Broadway Street NE Suite 110, Salem OR 97301 (on the corner of Broadway and Market Streets)

Cost: $60.00 per participant

Financial hardship scholarships for women are available.

As a result of donated funds through an individual’s trust, partial scholarships to offset the cost of COPE class fees are available for women only.  Participants will need to show proof they are on TANF, SNAP or Disability. Documentation can be brought in on the day of the class. Your remaining responsibility after receiving the scholarship is $10, which must be paid before the class.  Note: Because of the donor’s specific instructions, these funds are only available for women.

Time and Date: Please see our Cope Schedule to find a time and date that will work for you.

We also offer Spanish only COPE classes on the following Saturday mornings, from 9 am – 1 p.m.:

September 23, 2017

October 28, 2017

November 18, 2017

December 16, 2017

Please call 503-581-9922, ext. 307 for details and to sign up for a class.

Save time and register online at: https://familybuildingblocks.org/cope-registration/.

Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1:00-5:00 p.m. 

Enrolling in COPE

We do not guarantee that the class you want will have an opening. Classes fill up fast so we suggest you register early.

The child’s biological parents (or the two parties involved in the case) are required to attend separate classes– no exceptions.

There are three ways to contact us to enroll in COPE:

Register on-line:  Registration Form

Call us: 503-581-9922, ext. 308 (see map & directions).

Register in person.  See the link above for a map and directions.

Please note: Our office hours are limited.  Our office is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1:00pm-5:00pm, in the event that you call during non-office hours please feel free to leave a message and someone will return your call.


Click here for a printable version of COPE English Flyer

Click here for a printable version of  Cope Flier SPANISH .


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