Between Two Homes Class


The Between Two Homes®:Making Two Homes Work Parenting Education and Family Stabilization course is read aloud to give you the option to read or listen, and utilizes videos, short quizzes, and interactions to bring the course to life. Information is up to date and is designed to be entertaining and educational. Videos are presented in two formats, professionals discussing co-parenting and role play videos showing examples of mistakes made and better ways to handle situations with the children.


Class will be held from 9:00am until 1:00pm at 4401 Westown Parkway, Suite 218, in West Des Moines, Iowa



The Between Two Homes®- Making Two Homes Work class was developed by Bradley S. Craig, LMSW-IPR, CFLE when he worked for the local Domestic Relations Office with the input of local Texas Judges, who appear in the videos used in the course.  The course is dedicated to helping families transition during changes and meet the needs of children growing up between two homes, which includes children being raised by never married parents, divorced or divorcing parents, same sex parents, and other relatives raising children between two homes. Judges, attorneys, custody evaluators, mediators, and mental health professionals assisted in creating the psycho-educational course content and are included in some segments of the course. The class is approved in the Fifth Judicial District of Iowa to meet the criteria of a mandated co-parenting(divorce) education course.

Part 1- The Adults

Focuses on adult issues related to co-parenting and keeping children out of the conflict.

Topics covered include:

  • You
  • The Victim Mindset
  • Domestic Violence
  • Working with the Other Household
  • Extended Family/Significant Others
  • Suggestions for Co-parenting
  • Grief
  • Improving Communication and Conflict Disengagement
  • Alternative Dispute Options
  • Family Friendly Language vs. Legal Language

Part 2- The Children

Focuses on child development and the needs of children growing up in two homes.

Topics covered include:

  • Children’s Stages of Development
  • Creating the Dual Home Environment
  • Parenting Time
  • Talking to the Children
  • Children’s Grief
  • Mistakes Made in Involving Children
  • Co-parenting Vocabulary
  • Benefits of Co-parenting
  • Alienating Behaviors

This course credit is 4 hours long.  Classes are held on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Room 218 of the Neptune Building, located at 4401 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. Parking is available on the north side of the building.

Additional information

Available Class Dates

January 5th, January 19th, February 2nd, February 16th, March 2nd, March 16th, April 6th, April 20th, May 4th, May 18th, June 1st, June 15th, July 20th, August 3rd, August 17th, September 7th, October 5th, October 19th (8:00am to 12:00pm), November 2nd, December 7th, December 21st

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