WARRENSBURG - Separation, divorce or a child-centered legal case is not a single event but a series of transitions that many families experience, experts say.
The process is stressful and worsened when there is conflict between the parents, and children are often the innocent bystanders put in the middle of their parents' conflict, psychologists and therapists have warned.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County offers help through a program for parents dealing with a family breakups and restructuring.
Their 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 parental conflict.
The Parenting Apart program is certified by the New York State Unified Court System and classes are offered on a regular basis. The next scheduled Parenting Apart program is set for Feb. 3 and 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Queensbury. For details about the program or to register, call Roxanne Westcott at 623-3291 or visit www.cce.cornell.edu/warren.