父母的离异和分离会给孩子带来情绪和行为方面的困难。 情绪和行为问题与各种压力因素有关。 对于孩子来说，最大的压力源是被父母抛弃的感觉，以及被父母的不信任感所背叛的感觉（Fthenakis 35）。 很多父母都明白自己的孩子对自己的分离感到难过，但是他们对自己的情绪和心理状态的洞察却非常有限。 因此，针对儿童和父母的离婚教育计划作为预防计划，是为了帮助家长理解孩子的情绪和心理问题。 通过这些计划，家长更密切地参与到孩子的生活中，并将重点转移到孩子的生活上（Kurkowski 135）。 美国的私人和非营利组织提供了大量这样的计划，以免孩子离开离婚的负面后果。
Divorce and separation of the parents create emotional and behavioral difficulties in children. The emotional and behavioral problems are related to various stressors. The greatest stressor for children is the feeling of being abandoned by parents, and the feeling of being betrayed by parent’s results in mistrust (Fthenakis 35). Many parents understand that their children are upset with their separation, but they have very limited insight about their emotions and mental state. Thus, divorce education programs for children and parents work as the prevention programs because they aim to help parents understand the emotional and psychological problems of their children. Through these programs parents are involved more closely in lives of their children and shift their focus to their child’s life (Kurkowski 135). Wide array of such programs are offered by private and nonprofit organization in the United States to save children from negative consequences of divorce.