The Illinois Supreme Court rules mandate that all parents with minor children involved in divorce or parentage actions complete an approved four hour parent education program within 90 days of the initial filing. PACT is the sole approved program for the 17th Judicial Circuit (Winnebago and Boone counties) and approved by many other counties in Illinois. The program is available in a classroom setting, PACT, and as an online course, Parenting From Two Homes. The Court in Winnebago and Boone counties require a court order granting permission to take the online course. Other counties have the option to choose either option depending on how they learn best.

PACT (Parents and Children Together) is a four hour educational program designed for families to help their children cope with the difficulties of separation, divorce and family conflict. PACT helps parents understand the effects of conflict, parental relationships and separation/divorce on children and provides information and strategies for effective parenting during periods of family change. PACT offers parents a roadmap to separation/divorce that empowers parents and children to emerge strong and independent as they reorganize the family.

Parents will learn
  • The emotional process for children and parents
  • Children's reactions to separation and divorce
  • Developmental stages of children and parenting-time schedules
  • Effects of conflict on children
  • Special circumstances (domestic violence, addiction) and the need for safety
  • How to develop a parenting plan
  • How to communicate and develop a business-like coparenting relationship


Who Has to Take The Class?

In an action for divorce, legal separation, paternity and in some post decree actions involving a minor child common to both parties, parents are required to attend a parent education course. The course is mandated by Illinois Supreme Court Rule 924 to help educate parents about the impact separation, divorce, family reorganization, conflict and family litigation can have on children and parents.

Unless otherwise ordered by the Judge, parties must attend the class within 60 days of filing or being served by a petition.

How Do I Register?

In order to attend the parent education class pre-registration is required. There is no walk-in registration. Early registration is recommended as classes may fill up early. The earlier you register the more choices you may have in regard to class times and location.

Participants must register before attending class by calling our office at 815.877.7228 or register online

When and Where is PACT Held?

Participants attend one 4-hour class. Classes are held an evening during the week from 5 to 9 p.m. or a morning during the week (including Saturday) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes are held at Family Matters-PACT, 3600 East State Street, Ste 304, Rockford, IL 61108.

Who Teaches the PACT Class?

The program facilitators are mental health and education professionals with a graduate degree. All facilitators have extensive experience in dealing with divorce and its effects on children.

Is the Program Offered in Spanish?

Yes, the program is offered in Spanish in February, April, June, August, October and December on a Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Is the Program Offered Online?

Yes, "Parenting from Two Homes" , an online educational program is available. The course consists of an Introduction followed by five (5) content modules. The full course takes about 4 hours to complete, but you don't have to do it all at once. You have a thirty (30) day enrollment period that allows you "24/7" access to the course.

To register, please call: 815.877.7228

What is the Cost of the Class?

There is a sliding scale fee for PACT based on income. Each participant is responsible for payment of the class fee by cash, check, or credit/debit card before being scheduled in a class. Please call the office for more information. Other Important Information

  • After completing the class, a certificate of completion is electronically filed with the court and each participant receives a copy for their records.
  • Classes start on time. Once class starts, late arrivals will be asked to reschedule.
  • Children are not allowed in the class.
  • Only those who have registered for class may attend.
  • You must attend the entire class in order to receive a certificate of completion.
Special Needs

If, due to a disability, you need special accommodations for your attendance at this program, please call 815.877.7228 to register and indicate your special needs when you register.