• GrandCares utilizes the evidence-based education program, Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) for Caregivers of Children with Special Health and Behavioral Needs, to give grandparents raising grandchildren the skills and tools needed to manage the stress of raising grandchildren.

    This is NOT a support group, it is a strengths-based, educational workshop series that will enable grandparents and other kinship caregivers to: 
    Take Better Care of Themselves 
    Reduce Caregiver Stress 
    Communicate Effectively with Family and Professionals 
    Make Tough Decisions 
    Reduce Caregiver Guilt, Anger, and Depression 
    Set Goals and Problem Solve

    Workshops take place for two hours, once a week, for six weeks, and are co-taught by professionals who are certified to teach the program by the national Powerful Tools for Caregivers organization. Workshop topics are: 
    Week One: Taking Care of You 
    Week Two: Identifying and Reducing Personal Stress 
    Week Three: Communicating Feelings, Needs and Concerns 
    Week Four: Communicating in Difficult Situations 
    Week Five: Learning From Our Emotions 
    Week Six: Mastering Caregiver Decisions

    GrandCares is being offered in Montana through Montana State University Extension, Family & Human Development Program, as part of a pilot project with University of Hawaii and Colorado State University. Detailed pre- and post-tests are administered to gather data to further inform the program on both state and national levels. Current funding from The Brookdale Foundation and MSU College of EHHD allow for the program to be offered free of charge to participants.
  • Parenting A Second Time Around (PASTA) is a strengths-based, eight-part workshop series for grandparents, relatives, foster parents, and others who are parenting again. The workshops can be delivered in a variety of ways, either as a one-day seminar or as a multi-part series over a few weeks or even months.

    Developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension, PASTA is an evidence-based curriculum designed to give relative caregivers and others the skills and resources needed to parent children ages infant to teen. In addition to the award-winning curriculum, each workshop can feature guest presenters who are experts in the fields of child development, discipline, legal issues, and other topics important to relative and other caregivers.

    The eight topic areas are: 
    It Wasn’t Supposed to be Like This - Identifying feelings about changing roles & identifying community resources 
    Getting to Know You – Child development & individual differences 
    Rebuilding a Family – Adult/child interactions, grief, loss, relating to your adult child, solution-focused problem solving 
    Discipline is Not a Dirty Word, But it May Look Different Today – Effective discipline, establishing a discipline style, addressing high-risk behaviors 
    Legal Concerns of Relatives Raising Children - Legal issues including custody, visitation and child support 
    Standing up for Grandparent/Grandchildren Rights – Advocacy, negotiating systems, connecting with community 
    Grandparents and Teens Living Together – Adolescent behavior & realistic expectations for behavior 
    Living With Teens Can be Challenging – High-risk behaviors and strategies and resources for help 

    This curriculum is offered two ways. It is offered as part of our Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group Facilitator Training and as workshops for the general public.