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Program helps with family restructuring

WARRENSBURG - Separation, divorce or a child-centered legal case is not a single event but a series of transitions that many families experience. The process is stressful and is exacerbated when there is conflict between the parents. Children are often the innocent bystanders put in the middle of their parents' conflict.

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

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 April 1 and 2, 2009 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Queensbury. For more information about the Parenting Apart program or to register for the class, contact Roxanne Westcott at 668-4881 or 623-3291 or visit Cornell Cooperative Extension Warren County's website at www.cce.cornell.edu/warren

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