Suggested Reading List
These books are available on the internet, in major book stores or in local libraries.
101 Ways to be a Long-Distance Super Dad or Mom, George Newman, Blossom Valley Press, 1996.
A book of ideas and suggestions for parents who live away from their children.
Co-Parenting Survival Guide: Letting Go of Conflict After a Difficult Divorce, Elizabeth Thayer & Jeffrey Zimmerman, New Harbinger Publications, 2001.
Custody Chaos, Personal Peace: Sharing Custody with an Ex who Drives You Crazy by Jeffrey Wittman.
A common-sense guide to reclaiming your life and relating to a difficult co-parent while raising children from separate homes.
Divorce Book for Parents: Helping your Children Cope with Divorce and its Aftermath, Vicki Lansky, Book Peddlers, 2000.
Using humor and common sense, this book offers sound advice to parents on helping children cope with divorce and its aftermath.
Joint Custody with a Jerk: Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex, Julie Ross & Judy Corcoran, St. Martin’s Press, 1996.
This book offers communication techniques that help deal with a difficult co-parent by describing common problems and examining ways to effectively deal with these sticky situations.
Mom’s House, Dad’s House: Making Two Homes for Your Child by Isolina Ricci, Simon & Schuster 2nd ed., 1997.
This book contains a roadmap for developing a cooperative parenting arrangement for your child.
Making Divorce Easier on Your Child: 50 Effective Ways to Help Children Adjust, Dr. Nicholas Long, Dr. Rex Forehand, McGraw-Hill (2002).
Parenting Plan Books
Kids First Parenting Plan: A Child-care Planning Guide for Separating & Divorcing Parents by Chet Muklewicz & Doreen Graziano.
This guide will help separating and divorcing parents make child-centered decisions as they develop a plan on how they will raise their children together after they have parted.
Child Custody - Building Parenting Agreements That Work, Mimi E. Lyster, Nolo Press, 5th ed (2005).
www.mobar.org - Family Law pamphlets, Parenting Plan Guidelines & Forms
www.courts.mo.gov - Case information on Case.net, Parenting Plan Guidelines & Forms, Form 14
www.teamlex.com/areas - Form 14 Child Support Calculation Worksheet
www.fatherhood.org - Articles on fathering, answers to Frequently Asked Questions
www.marchmediation.org - Mediation resources, Form 14 link
www.uptoparents.org - Free tool for parent planning
www.divorcesupport.com - State laws, parenting advice, explanation of divorce procedure, download forms
www.daads.com - Advice for distance parenting
www.missourifamilies.org - Age specific effects of divorce, divorce & domestic violence, parenting advice
www.divorcecentral.com - State laws, answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding parenting and legal matters
www.dss.mo.gov/cse/ - Child Support Agency
www.moga.mo.gov/mostatutes/statutesAna.html - Missouri law
www.dhss.mo.gov - Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services - Vital Records
www.outreach.missouri.edu/parentlink - Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about parenting
Important Phone Numbers
|United Way||211 or 816-472-4289|
Clay County Services
|Circuit Clerk (Child Support)||816-407-3905|
|Circuit Clerk (Civil)||816-407-3850|
|Family Support Center||816-736-8350|
|On-site Exchange and Visitation Services||816-736-8400|
|Clay County Birth Certificate||816-781-1600|
|(MOSCA) Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Information||816-931-4527|
|MC+ Children’s Health Insurance||888-275-5908|
|Missouri Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline||800-392-3738|
|Missouri Vital Records||573-751-6400|
|National Child Abuse Hotline||800-422-4453|
|National Center for Missing/Exploited Children||800-843-5678|
|National Runaway Hotline||800-621-4000|
Domestic Violence Services
|Metro Shelter Hotline (Rose Brooks Center)||816-861-6100|
|Clay County Safe Haven Shelter||816-452-8535|
Family Counseling Services & Support Groups
|Anger Management for Teens||816-736-8400|
|Catholic Charities||816-333-2040, x107|
|Pleasant Valley Baptist Church||816-781-5959|
|Synergy Services, Inc.||816-587-4100|
|The Family Conservancy||816-436-0486|
|Tri-County Mental Health Services||816-468-0400|
|Lawyers Referral Service||816-221-9472|
|Legal Aid of Western Missouri||816-474-1413|
|Missouri Bar Association||573-635-4128|
|BraveHearts Program for Dads||816-468-6336, x228|
|National Center for Fathering||800-593-DADS|
|Parenting with Love & Limits Program||816-736-8400|
|North Kansas City||816-413-5000|
Substance Abuse Services