Course seeks to ease separation, divorce

WARRENSBURG - Separation, divorce or a child-centered legal case can be a stressful series of transitions, particularly for children, Warren County Cooperative Extension official Amy Sabattis said this week.

The process is more difficult and stressful when there is conflict between the parents, she said.

"Children are often the innocent bystanders put in the middle of their parents' conflict," Sabattis said.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County offers a program for parents dealing with a family restructuring.

This Parenting Apart program helps parents understand what their children are experiencing and how they can help them through the transition. Emphasis is placed on the parent-child relationship and focuses on what parents can do to promote a healthy adjustment for their children and protect them from the negative effects of ongoing parental conflict, Sabattis said.

The program is certified by the New York State Unified Court System and classes are offered on a regular basis. The next scheduled program is held over two sessions, July 1 and 8,from 6 to 9 p.m. in Queensbury. For more information about the program or to register, contact Roxanne Westcott at 623-3291 or see www.cce.cornell.edu/warren.

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