Parenting a Second Time Around (PASTA)

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About This Program

Target Population: Grandparents and other kinship caregivers who are not the biological parents of the child in their care

Brief Description

PASTA is a parenting program designed for relative caregivers who are not the biological parents of the children in their care. PASTA provides grandparents and other kinship caregivers with information, skills, and resources designed to enhance their ability to provide effective care for the young relatives they are parenting. PASTA consists of eight sessions that focus on topics including child development, discipline and guidance; caring for oneself as a caregiver; rebuilding a family; living with teens; legal issues; and advocacy.

Program Goals:

The goals of Parenting A Second Time Around (PASTA) are:

  • Acknowledge the ambivalent feelings that may accompany changing roles as grandparents (or other relatives) assume parenting responsibilities and children adjust to their new living arrangements
  • Help those who have moved into a parenting role feel more confident, comfortable, and informed about community resources available to them
  • Provide a forum for discussion about sensitive issues (for example, explaining to children why parents are unable to care for them), including the practice of effective communication skills and information about mental health resources
  • Provide an overview of child development, including information about temperament, as a reminder or “brush” up for caregivers
  • Offer information and practical tips about authoritative (loving and firm) discipline
  • Encourage caregivers to see themselves as advocates for the children in their care, particularly in accessing legal, medical, social, and education services
  • Review key points about adolescent development in order to establish realistic expectations for teen behavior, and explore changing relationships within the family
  • Introduce indicators of high-risk adolescent behaviors and discuss strategies and resources to help caregivers keep teen children safe

Contact Information

Julika von Stackelberg
Agency/Affiliation: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Orange County
Phone: (845) 344-1234

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: February 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2017