Frequently Asked Questions

1.    Why should I bring my children to Kids’ Turn San Diego?

Most children benefit immensely from the program because they are given a safe place to talk about their
experiences and feelings. When children attend our Family Workshop for separated and divorced families, they
meet other children/teens in similar family situations and immediately realize that there are other children in
separated and divorced families. Children have told us that this realization reduces their stress and makes
them feel “normal” because they are not the only kid in a separated or divorced family. Children learn new
communication skills and engage in a variety of activities developed to help them express their thoughts and
feelings. Children benefit most from the program when they attend all four sessions but this is not a
requirement. Children ages 5-17 are eligible to attend. Staff reserves the right to authorize exceptions.
Childcare is not offered.

2.    Are things we talk about in the program kept confidential?
Yes, however, we are mandated reporters and are required to report suspected child abuse, neglect, exposure
to domestic violence, elder abuse and intent to harm oneself or others. We do NOT report to the Superior
Court of San Diego and parents are responsible for submitting their certificate of completion if they are court
ordered to attend the program.

3.    Does Kids’ Turn San Diego report to the court?
To participate in the Family Workshop, parents are required to sign a consent form that clearly waives their
right to request court documentation or letters for the court, meaning that Kids’ Turn San Diego staff MAY NOT
be subpoenaed to testify in divorce or custody proceedings. If a parent is ordered to attend the Family
Workshop at Kids’ Turn San Diego, he or she will be issued a certificate of completion on the last session of
the workshop upon satisfactory completion of the program. It is the participant’s responsibility to submit their
certificate directly to the court.

4.    Will I receive information about my child’s progress?

Since one of the primary goals of the program is to provide a safe place for children to talk about their
experiences and feelings, Group Leaders do not share specific information with the parents about their
children. Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about their experiences after each session, as
communicating directly with your child is the best measure of how they are feeling.

5.    Is child care available for children too young to attend?

Children between the ages of 5 and 17 are encouraged to participate in the Family Workshop at Kids’ Turn
San Diego. We DO NOT provide childcare for children under 5 years of age and parents must make their own
childcare arrangements for children that are too young for the program. Due to our insurance guidelines,
outside childcare MAY NOT occur at the Family Workshop.

6.    Can my new spouse or other adults attend the program with me?

The Family Workshop at Kids’ Turn San Diego is designed to for parents and their children ages 5-17 to
participate together. To support other adults in the life of your children, we offer a weekly Step-parent Success
Support Group and Educational Seminars. For more information about program availability, please visit our
website at www.kidsturnsd.org.

7.     Must both parents attend the same family workshop?

It is strongly recommended that both parents attend the same workshop. Although co- parents are not in the
same classroom, they learn the same co-parenting skills simultaneously throughout the Workshop. When a
parent registers for the program, he/she is asked to provide contact information for his/her co-parent and we
invite your co-parent to attend the same Family Workshop. When there is a restraining order (RO) or
temporary restraining order (TRO) in effect between co-parents that does not specify an exception to attend
the Family Workshop, we do not follow this procedure. As a reminder, the program works best when the entire
family is present and you are encouraged to attend together. When reasonable to do so, it is highly suggested
that co-parents communicate with each other and decide which Workshop will work best for the entire family to
attend.

8.    Do I have to attend all four sessions of the workshop?

All adult participants must attend all four sessions of the same workshop in their entirety to receive a
certificate of completion at the end of the program Please note: the Family Workshop attendance policy
states that if a client misses more than 15 minutes of a session, it is considered an absence. If you are unable
to attend all four sessions of the same workshop, you will not receive a certificate of completion. Kids’ Turn
San Diego does not offer “make up” sessions at our Workshops.

Should an emergency arise that prevents you from attending a session, please call our office (858-521-0027).
We are happy to re-schedule you for our next available Workshop and will apply the tuition you already paid to
the future Workshop.

All children who attend at least one session of a Workshop will receive a certificate of participation.

9. Do you offer tuition discounts?
If a parent is unable to pay the $300 tuition due to financial hardship, they may request a scholarship
application for reduced tuition from our office or download the form from our website www.kidsturnsd.org.
Completed forms must be received at least 1 week prior to the start of the Family Workshop. Once the
completed form and documents are received, the Program Director will review the documents and you will be
notified of the results within one week. Please note: tuition reductions are not available for participants who
sign up after the deadline date.

10.    What if I am unable to pay the full tuition by the first session of the Family Workshop?

Participants are expected to pay the $100 deposit with their registration paperwork to secure their space in the
Workshop before the posted deadline. This deposit is applied toward the $300 tuition. The $200 balance is due
on or before the first session. If a participant is unable to make the final tuition payment, they may call our
office (858-521-0027) to discuss their situation and to establish a payment plan.

11.  If I attend the Family Workshop, am I able to attend more than once and do you offer a discount if I
attend again?

You are welcome to attend as many Family Workshops as you wish. All returning participants are offered a
$50 discount for any future Workshops they wish to attend. Many of our graduates attend future Workshops
either as a refresher for themselves or to give extra group support to their growing children. All participating
children must have at least one parent participating in the same Family Workshop.

12.    Are families able to enroll in the Kids’ Turn San Diego Family Workshop more than once and do you offer a discount?

Kids’ Turn San Diego currently offers Continuing the Conversation Counseling for Children, a weekly Step-
Parent Success Support Group, and a quarterly class for military families called, “Peak Performance Military
Family Class”. Information about these additional programs may be found on our website www.kidsturnsd.org.