"Start Making It Livable for Everyone"
Jackson County, Michigan —
What is SMILE?
SMILE — Start Making It Livable for Everyone — is an
education program for separating or divorced parents with children under
the age of eighteen. This program, along with all of the FOC programs,
are held on the Second Floor of the Friend of the Court Office.
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
Each year over one million marriages end in divorce in
the United States. When divorce happens, people feel along 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
SMILE is important because:
It assists parents to understand the needs of their
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
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
SMILE helps soften the blow of divorce.
For dates and times of the SMILE presentations, contact
the Jackson County Friend of the Court Office at: 517.788.4470.