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Children's issues: Chosen families in the LGBTQ realm

Family means many things to many people these days and gone are the times when most all families consisted of mom, dad, kids, family dog and the station wagon. Even though diversity is acceptable today, some British Columbia residents who are part of the LGBTQ community still don't get the support of their biological family members. Some children's issues may also be affected when kids begin to spend time with chosen family members -- or people who are accepting of diverse lifestyles.

Children's issues: Parental selfies help kids get through divorce

Selfies are an invention of the latter part of this decade. These photos posted on a myriad of social media sites can actually be a teaching tool when it comes to certain children's issues surrounding divorce -- like co-parenting. Selfies can show British Columbia residents that having an amicable divorce is, indeed, possible and that co-parenting children positively is also possible.

Alberta children's issues: Fight over parents' rights and GSAs

Wild Rose Country's premier says parents know what's best for their children. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says his government will repeal Bill 24, which says teachers or principals must not divulge certain information to parents about their children like Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) and their participation in those activities in schools. This has been one of the more contentious children's issues in the province.

Children's issues: Edmonton Police Service and child protection

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has protocols in place to ensure the safety of every child in the community. Child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of children are among two of the most heinous children's issues in Alberta and the rest of the world. The EPS child protection section investigates these types of alleged abuses working in the multi-disciplinary Zebra-Child Protection Centre.

Children's issues: When bullying becomes a nasty problem

When parents see their children struggling, they struggle, too. One of the most pressing children's issues in British Columbia, as in the rest of the country, is that of bullying. Being bullied can affect a child's welfare in numerous ways and when parents get wind of what's going on, they may feel helpless. There are, however, some proactive things parents can do to help their children.

Children's issues: Kids entitled to same human rights as adults

Adults aren't the only ones with rights. When Alberta residents are dealing with children's issues, they should keep in mind that children also have rights -- human rights as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Children have the right to be protected from abuse, discrimination and other things that could put them in vulnerable positions. Canada acknowledges the value of human rights for children and in 1991 ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Children's issues: UN convention protects children's rights

Canada ratified the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991. The convention speaks to many children's issues also faced by children in British Columbia, and stipulates that children have the right to be protected, the right to development and the right to give their feedback when it comes to decisions that affect their lives. Children, the convention says, have the right to a basic quality of life and as such are entitled to advocates on their behalf, which could, and often does, include lawyers.

Children's issues: Too many delays for autism diagnoses

There is likely nothing more frustrating for any parent than waiting on a diagnosis for their child. British Columbia parents concerned with children's issues have become vocal when it comes to how the province handles diagnosing children with autism. Parents say the diagnosis procedure also needs to be revamped with more health care providers trained in diagnostics. 

Children's issues: The important role of stepmothers

Blended families are becoming more the norm in the country and around the world. One of the most important children's issues in British Columbia surrounds the relationships between stepmothers and their stepchildren. Stepmothers have not always been given good press or been painted in a rosy light in movies, but most stepmoms are working hard to change the negative perception of the roles they play in their stepchildren's lives. 

Children's issues: Funds earmarked to reduce poverty rates

Poverty has a penchant for destruction in many ways. Sadly, many children's issues in British Columbia are enmeshed with this societal problem, however, the provincial government says it intends to do something about it by putting $5 million on the line for municipalities to be able to come up with local action to help lower the overall rate of poverty by 25% and the rate of child poverty by 50% over the next five years. Funds are earmarked for the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) for work under the Poverty Reduction Planning and Action program. 

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