WARRENSBURG - Separation, divorce or a custody case is not a single event but a series of transitions that many families experience, counselors say. The process is routinely stressful and is worse when there is conflict between the parents. Children are often the innocent bystanders put in the middle of their parents' conflict, a representative from Warren County Cornell Cooperative Extension said this week.
Cooperative Extension, however, offers a program for parents dealing with this type of family 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 healthy adjustment for their children, protecting them from negative effects of ongoing parental conflict. For more information, contact Roxanne Westcott at 668-4881 or 623-3291 or visit the Extension's Web site at www.cce.cornell.edu/warren.