Friend of the Court

Kristy L. Bray, Friend of the Court

foc@shiawassee.net

Mon - Fri 8am to 5pm

Circuit Courthouse
208 N Shiawassee Street, 1st Floor
Corunna, MI 48817

 

Phone:  989-743-2397
Fax:  989-743-2439

 

SMILE Program

What is Smile?

SMILE - Start Making It Livable for Everyone - is an educational program for separating or divorced parents with children under the age of eighteen. This program is currently held at the Shiawassee County Courthouse 208 N SHIAWASSEE ST CORUNNA MI 48817, 3rd Floor at 3:00pm.

2018 SMILE DATES

November 8th- *NEW LOCATION* Shiawassee County Courthouse 208 N SHIAWASSEE ST CORUNNA MI 48817, 3rd Floor at 3:00pm

2019 SMILE DATES

January 10th- Shiawassee County Courthouse 208 N SHIAWASSEE ST CORUNNA MI 48817, 3rd Floor at 3:00pm
March 14th- Shiawassee County Courthouse 208 N SHIAWASSEE ST CORUNNA MI 48817, 3rd Floor at 3:00pm
May 16th- Shiawassee County Courthouse 208 N SHIAWASSEE ST CORUNNA MI 48817, 3rd Floor at 3:00pm
July 11th- Shiawassee County Courthouse 208 N SHIAWASSEE ST CORUNNA MI 48817, 3rd Floor at 3:00pm
September 12th- Shiawassee County Courthouse 208 N SHIAWASSEE ST CORUNNA MI 48817, 3rd Floor at 3:00pm
November 14th- Shiawassee County Courthouse 208 N SHIAWASSEE ST CORUNNA MI 48817, 3rd Floor at 3:00pm

 

Goals

The goals of the SMILE program are:

  • To provide information to help parents better understand the effects of divorce.
  • To help parents understand the needs of their children.
  • To promote children's healthy adjustment to divorce.

The information that will be provided to you at the SMILE program presentation has been drawn from the experience of the developers of the SMILE program, and other professionals in the field of divorce. Each year over one million marriages end in divorce in the United States. When divorce happens, some people feel alone and wonder how anyone else lived through it. SMILE will provide information about the effects of divorce and what parents can do to make the divorce situation livable.

SMILE is important because:

  • It provides information to help parents better understand the effects of divorce. It assists parents to understand the needs of their children.

  • It helps parents learn what they can do to create a nurturing and safe environment so that their children can recover from the divorce and feel good about themselves.

  • It provides information to prevent destructive game-playing that is so common among divorced couples and their children.

  • It helps parents gain problem solving skills.

  • It lets parents know that they are not alone.

  • It helps parents know how to be in touch with their children's pain and anguish.

  • It shows parents how to stop making children victims of the divorce.


SMILE often helps soften the experience of divorce.