Family and Consumer Sciences
Welcome to the Family and Consumer Sciences page! Find information and resources about youth, family, health and home.
The Family and Consumer Sciences Extension unit of OSU Extension is made up of human scientists (i.e., county educators and extension specialists) from Oklahoma State University who focus on issues that affect our daily lives. These issues include: Health, Hunger, Environment, Finances, Family Breakdown, Jobs and Employment, Resilience, Risky Behaviors, Safety, and Agricultural Science. We work closely with Extension’s 4-H to support positive youth development in the state. We work together as issue teams to bring the best science to solving problems and enhancing lives.
The goal of Family and Consumer Sciences is to help Oklahoma’s families, youth and individuals develop and grow in safe and healthy ways. This is approached through research-based education that focuses on building upon our understanding of the different aspects of their lives and how they affect others. We survey the population in Oklahoma in each county through issue scanning and our local program advisory committees (PACs) to learn about their needs and how we can help provide education that helps people improve society and the economy.
Oklahoma Home and Community Education
OHCE is a state-wide organization with a presence in every county in Oklahoma that helps individual members, their families and communities develop a higher level of living through education. OHCE’s ultimate mission is to educate its members to be well-informed and able to handle change in their homes and communities. This organization is very well positioned to develop community leaders and informed citizens through research based educational programs. Through the partnership with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, OHCE is able to provide further opportunities to apply community service projects statewide.
Co-Parenting for Resilience
Oklahoma Court Approved Class for Divorcing Parents. This is the place to find information on classes for divorcing parents.
What is this class all about?
How parents handle the divorce can make it better or worse for their children.
Many children have a very difficult time adjusting to their parents' divorce.
This can lead to depression, anxiety, academic failure, delinquency, drug use, teen pregnancy, and other negative outcomes. Children may also fear the loss of one or both of their parents and have a hard time switching between their parents' homes.
Co-parenting classes teach parents to handle their emotions better and to keep their
children out of the middle of their divorce. They also offer many positive tips on
how to talk with your child to help him or her to adjust more quickly to the divorce.
Researchers who have studied the effects of these classes have found them to be beneficial for most parents.
After taking the class, most parents agree that the class was worthwhile and helpful.
Do I have to take the class?
The short answer is yes.
Because research has shown that divorce can cause so many problems for children, many judges in Oklahoma have been ordering couples to a co-parenting workshop for years.
Now that research has shown the positive benefits of these classes, the Oklahoma State Legislature passed a law requiring all parents of a minor child that are divorcing for reasons of incompatibility to attend a co-parenting workshop before their divorce will be granted.
If you are in an domestic violence shelter or involved in a relationship in which there is ongoing domestic violence, your judge may exempt you from the class. You should talk with your lawyer.
You can request to not take the class with the person you are divorcing regardless of whether you have a restraining order. Please indicate the name of the person on your registration form.