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.
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.
There may be instances when issues regarding children prompt intervention. Alberta family law rules always have the best interests of children at heart when it comes to dealing with children's issues. Children have rights and when they're old enough to speak their minds, they have some say in the direction their lives take and in certain situations they will be assigned caseworkers to whom they can speak regarding those rights.
The family dynamic looks very different today than it did decades ago. No longer is a family unit limited to a married man and woman who then have children. Many heterosexual couples are having children before they get married -- if they ever get married. As for children's issues -- what does that mean for the rights of children born out of wedlock? Under family law in British Columbia, as in the rest of the country, those rights the same as those of children whose parents are married.
If parents believe they can give their child any name they want, they may be sadly mistaken. Most parents give their children more traditional names, but there are some who may want to give their kids more unique monikers. As far as names go regarding children's issues, the law in British Columbia gives parents a guideline under the Vital Statistics Act when deciding on what to name their kids.
School boards believe there is a place for seclusion rooms in schools and are calling on the provincial government to reconsider its ban on them. When it comes to children's issues in Alberta, decisions are always made keeping the best interests of a child in mind. School boards in Edmonton and Calgary issued joint statements asking that these rooms -- which are set aside for students who exhibit unsafe behaviours that could cause harm to themselves, other students and staff -- be allowed. The ban, which was put in place by the previous government, is expected to go into effect at the beginning of this school year.
Babies born today may be registered at birth with a nonspecific gender. A child born in British Columbia was issued a health card without identifying a specific gender. When it comes to children's issues -- this is the first time this had been done ever anywhere in the world. Experts said it may be paving the way for birth certificates to be issued in the same way.
Men who have become unwilling fathers may still be on the hook for child support payments. Alberta has definitive laws when it comes to children's issues and one of those has to do with supporting children financially and emotionally. Even when a man doesn't want to become a father, he may have to support his child financially if it is in the best interests of the child.
Many children are like little sponges, and they soak up the energy in their environments whether that energy is positive or negative. When parents are divorcing, there could be a lot of fighting going on between parents, and that has a bearing on their children. When it comes to children's issues in British Columbia, parents need to realize how they act toward each other -- if they're continually fighting -- as it may affect their children in ways that could do emotional damage.
There may be nothing more difficult for some children to endure than the divorce of their parents. When it comes to children's issues in Alberta, divorce is high on the list of things that can wreak havoc for kids, but since teachers play an integral part in children's lives, they may be able to help in these often emotionally-tough situations for their students whose parents are facing divorce. Often, children will open up to a trusted teacher with whom they feel safe.