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Parenting a Second Time Around (PASTA)

PASTA is an evidence-based parenting program designed for relative or kinship caregivers who are not the biological parents of the children in their care. 

Pre-register for the next available class or talk to Missoula Aging Services for more info

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Next class:

TBD

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Cost: $150  - for an individual or couple

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8 or 10 Week Course

Two-Hour Sessions

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Scholarships available Click to Apply

Program Features

  • Child development

  • Discipline and guidance

  • Caring for oneself as a caregiver

  • Rebuilding a family

  • Living with teens

  • Legal issues

  • Advocacy

The Goals

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.

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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.

Offer information and practical tips about authoritative (loving and firm) discipline.

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Review key points about adolescent development in order to establish realistic expectations for teen behavior, and explore changing relationships within the family.

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Help those who have moved into a parenting role feel more confident, comfortable, and informed about community resources available to them

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Provide an overview of child development, including information on temperament, as a reminder or “brush” up for caregivers.

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Encourage caregivers to see themselves as advocates for the children in their care, particularly in accessing legal, medical, social, and education services.

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Introduce indicators of high-risk adolescent behaviors and discuss strategies and resources to help caregivers keep teen children safe.

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Parenting a Second Time Around (PASTA) 
Next Class TBD
Cost: $150 - for an individual or couple
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