Stepfamily education is a free six-week class for dating, cohabitating, or remarried couples who have a child or children from a previous relationship. This education class is designed to help couples and families prepare for the unique challenges that come with stepfamily living. Throughout the year, weekly classes are provided free of charge for families in a stepfamily situation. Adults and children (ages six and older) attend classes in order to learn what it takes to have a successful stepfamily. As part of the course, on-sight childcare is provided for children under the age of five as well as a hot meal for the family to enjoy.
The program uses Smart Steps: Embrace the Journey, a researched-based curriculum developed by Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder, which builds on couple and family strengths in order to meet the unique needs and stressors that stepfamilies commonly face. Some of the issues addressed during the six-week course include:
- Strengthening the couple relationship
- Stepparent-stepchild relationships
- Co-parenting with ex-partners
- Legal and financial issues
- Stress reducing strategies
Adults and children will be able to meet, ask questions, and gain insight on how to deal with common stepfamily difficulties and stressors. For additional information and resources about stepfamilies, please see the National Stepfamily Resource Center.
This program is made possible through Utah State University in partnership with family service agencies across the state of Utah. Funding for this program is provided by the Office of Family Assistance (grant # 90FM0001).