Montana Kinship Navigator Program
Today, in Montana, there are more than 16,000 children under 18 living with and being
cared for by relative caregivers. Over 13,000 children live with their grandparents, and
more than 2600 living with and being cared for by other
These children often come to them because of family crisis and the relative parents are often ill-equipped to deal with the emotional, physical, financial and social hardships of raising children “a second time around”.
There are numerous reasons for the increase in this relative parent-led family form and often the reasons are intertwined: parental substance abuse, physical or mental health problems, financial difficulties, teen pregnancy, incarceration, death and deployment. The issue cuts across all socioeconomic and racial/ethnic groups.
The Montana Kinship Navigator Program serves Kinship and Relative Caregivers for the entire state of Montana. We are a central support, resource, and referral navigator program supporting Montana's rural areas, all of Montana's 8 Native American Tribes, and Montana's urban cities. The program was founded in 2002 to offer these caregivers support, education and access to resources so they can live happier, healthier lives and can, in turn, raise children who know emotional and physical safety, excel in school and social situations and are prepared to take on the challenges of their new life.
Powerful Tools for Caregives may be may be incorporated with the Kinship Navigator Program. Find more information on Powerful Tools for Caregivers here.
View the Project Initiatives MT Kinship Navigator Program Progress Report
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Parenting the Second Time Around
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.
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Bozeman, MT 59717
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