Overview of Family Law & Parenting
This LibGuide page on Family Law & Parenting encompasses a broad array of resources pertaining to a multitude of topics where the law and families intersect, which include parents' rights, child welfare, family violence, divorce, and others. Here you can access different guides for Aboriginals on what their rights and obligations are and to provide support for raising a family in a happy and positive environment. You are also able to watch some of our very own BearPaw Media videos that touch upon some of these topics.
The following resources provide information on the well-being and status of children. Some resources are applicable to children in general and others have an Aboriginal focus. Hover your mouse over each PDF for more information on the document in question.
- Child Protection: Trends And Issues In Alberta
- Children & Young People Have Rights (Government of Alberta)
- Complaint Review Process: Manitoba Family Services And Housing
- Inuit Child Welfare and Family Support
- Parent's Rights, Kids' Rights
- The Aboriginal child protection process: Information for Aboriginal parents and communities
- Understanding Aboriginal Child Protection / Removal Matters
Raising the Spirit: Cultural Connections Plans for Aboriginal Children (Alberta) (BearPaw Media)
"Narrated by Tom Jackson and illustrated by Aaron Paquette, this video helps new parents of Aboriginal children understand what a Cultural Connection Plan is, why it’s important, and how to successfully incorporate their child’s culture into their home. The website link also includes supplementary material that will help in understanding and creating the best plan possible!
To order this video go to: www.bearpaweducation.ca/videos"
Children's Rights in a Foster Home (BearPaw Media)
""Children's Rights in a Foster Home" is for children and youth in foster care or living in a kinship care home in Alberta. It explains what should and should not happen when you live with another family, so that you know your rights."
Becoming A Foster Care Family - Alberta (BearPaw Media)
""Becoming a Foster Care Family - Alberta" is for potential or new foster care families. It explores the rights and responsibilities of a foster parent as well as what to expect."
The following documents provide full-text of the provincial and federal legislation that inform the laws concerning families in Canada, which are applicable to Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals.
For more information on how the law intersects with the welfare of children, check out BearPaw's comprehensive page on The Law and Welfare of Children.
- A Guide To The Law In Alberta Regarding The Child, Youth, And Family Enhancement Act
- Child And Family Services Authority Act (Alberta)
- Child Support Guidelines (Alberta)
- Child Support Guidelines (Canada)
- Child, Youth, And Family Enhancement Act (Canada)
- Children First Act (Alberta)
- Divorce Act (Canada)
- Drug-Endangered Children Act (Alberta)
- Family Law Act (Alberta)
- Family Support For Children With Disabilities Act (Alberta)
- Protection Against Family Violence Act (Alberta)
- The "Spanking" Law: Section 43 Of The Criminal Code
Mediation - Divorce in Alberta (BearPaw Media)
"This brief informational animation explains how mediation works when going through a divorce in Alberta. To order the full length video Divorce 101 in Alberta go to www.bearpaweducation.ca/videos"
Child Support & Custody
The following resources outline legal information in the area of child custody and parental access for both parents or guardians.
Biological Parents and Apprehension in Alberta (BearPaw Media)
""Biological parent's rights dealing with Child and Youth Services Alberta" is for biological families families experiencing a child's apprehension. It explores the rights and responsibilities of a biological parent as well as what to expect."
Family Services Organizations
The following resources provide information on family services organizations that can help with the provision of child services and interventions where necessary.
Parenting and the Law (BearPaw Media)
"In this piece we will introduce Section 43 of the criminal code of Canada and why it has become an important part of the family structure and the significance of its existence. To order the full length video "Parenting and Discipline" please go to www.bearpawmedia.ca"
Taking Control Pt. 1: Complaint About Child Abuse in Alberta (BearPaw Media)
"This video explains what happens when a complaint is made against you to Children and Youth Services in Alberta. To order the full video 'Taking Control' go to www.bearpawmedia.ca"
Taking Control Pt. 3: Apprehension (BearPaw Media)
"This video explains what happens when a child is apprehened by Children and Family Services in Alberta. To order the full video 'Taking Control' go to www.bearpawmedia.ca"
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A New Hope: Applying to Terminate a PGO (Alberta) (BearPaw Media)
Sometimes, in order to be a healthy parent, people must go through a healing journey. A New Hope looks at laws that give former guardians the opportunity to bring their family together again, after losing their children under a permanent guardianship order (PGO).
Domestic Abuse & Family Violence
The following resources provide information on different forms of family violence, which includes abuse towards children, the elderly, women, and men which can be of a physical, sexual, and/or emotional nature. This selection of documents helps the user identify what constitutes abuse, how to recognize it, and steps you can take to report it and prevent it. Hover your mouse over each document for a brief summary.
- Aboriginal Domestic Violence in Canada
- Aboriginal Elder Abuse In Canada
- Abuse is Wrong
- Child Abuse Is Wrong: What Can I Do?
- Child Abuse/ Children Exposed To Family Violence Information Sheet (Government of Alberta)
- Elder Abuse In Aboriginal Communities (BearPaw)
- Elder Abuse is Wrong
- Family Violence Hurts Everyone (Edmonton)
- Men Abused by Their Partners
- Protection Of Sexually Exploited Children & Youth (Alberta)
- Recognizing And Reporting Child Abuse In Alberta (Human Services Alberta)
- Responding To Child Abuse: A Handbook (Government Of Alberta)
- Women Abused by Their Partners
Hidden: Elder Abuse in Aboriginal Communities (BearPaw Media)
"Elder abuse is an alarming form of mistreatment not easily recognized. This BearPaw Media production focuses on how elder abuse hurts individuals and destroys families. This docu-drama features the wise voices of community elders as they talk about the important role of elders in a traditional Aboriginal culture and how this kind of abuse is especially destructive to entire communities. To order this video please go to www.bearpaweducation.ca/videos"
Your Voice Counts: Children and Youth Appealing a Court Order (BearPaw Media)
"This video explains 3 types of elder abuse although there are many kinds. Learn when to report abuse to the police. To order the full length version called "Hidden - Elder Abuse in Aboriginal Communities" please go to www.bearpawmedia.ca"
The following resources provide legal information and guides on the divorce process in Canada and Alberta, specifically. Also features some guides specifically for children whose parents are going through a divorce.
Divorce 101 in Alberta (BearPaw Media)
"The divorce process can be a complicated and overwhelming situation. Divorce 101 in Alberta is an informative and easy-to-understand animated video that guides the viewer through the divorce process. Many Aboriginal families do not have adequate resources to immediately hire a lawyer to commence or complete a divorce. This video will inform people of the steps to take by self-representing themselves, utilizing a mediator, or when to hire a lawyer. Guidelines about child custody orders, access orders, and child maintenance fees will be discussed so each parent knows what their child is entitled to should a divorce happen. This video also touches on property division and spousal support.
To order a DVD of this video go to www.bearpaweducation.ca/videos"
The following resources provide information on parenting, which includes maternity leave, permissable forms of discipline, as well as attention focused on First Nations traditions and practices towards parenting.
For new Aboriginal fathers, check out these resources from NewDadManual.ca
- A Child Becomes Strong: Journeying Through Each Stage Of The Life Cycle
- Becoming A Parent In Alberta: What You Need To Know About Human Rights, Maternity And Parental Leave
- Parenting & Discipline (BearPaw)
- Parenting Bundle: An Aboriginal Cultural Parenting Program Manual For All Caregivers Of Children
- Parenting: Legal Rights & Responsibilities (BearPaw)
- Parents As First Teachers
- Sharing Their Stories: Narratives of Young Metis Parents and Elders About Parenting
- Supporting The Sacred Journey: From Preconception To Parenting For First Nations Families In Ontario
Traditional Parenting (BearPaw Media)
"In this piece we will briefly look at some traditional insights into parenting and concepts of discipline and its views within a traditional structure. To order the full length video "Parenting and Discipline" please go to www.bearpawmedia.ca"
Selected Titles From The BearPaw Library
The Alberta Government's dedication to ending family violence is ongoing, and as such, this electronic handbook will continue to be updated."
Taking Control Pt. 2: Family Enhancement Agreement (BearPaw Media)
"This video explains what a Family Enhancement Agreement is with Children and Family Services. To order the full video 'Taking Control' go to www.bearpawmedia.ca"