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Immigrant Women’s Peer Support Program: Vancouver Fall Training (Apply Now)

18.07.2019 Jake Uncategorized

The Immigrant Women’s Peer Support Program is now accepting applications for their Vancouver Fall Training (starting September 14th). Their comprehensive training is delivered over 14 weeks where participants learn group facilitation skills, peer support skills, and examine cross-cultural societal issues. Two certificates are issued upon successful completion of the training program.

Click here for the flyer, and here for the application form.

Deadline for applications is Friday July 26th, 2019.

 

 

Adverse childhood experiences are different than child trauma, and it’s critical to understand why

22.06.2019 Jake Uncategorized

Legislators, caregivers, and the media increasingly recognize that childhood adversity poses risks to individual health and well-being. The original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study has helped raise public awareness about this critical public health issue. However, as the use of ACEs questionnaires for identifying potentially harmful childhood experiences has gained popularity, it is important to understand how ACEs differ from other commonly used terms, including childhood adversity, trauma, and toxic stress.

Read more here or paste this hyperlink into your browser: childtrends.org/adverse-childhood-experiences-different-than-child-trauma-critical-to-understand-why

Volunteer Facilitator Training – Lower Mainland – June 21-23

Volunteer Facilitators Needed in the Lower Mainland for Parent Support Circle Training

Are you someone who has:
Good listening & interpersonal skills
An interest in supporting parent/caregiver and child relationships
Basic understanding of child devel-opment & parenting issues
Willing to do some community out-reach & development activities
Benefits of this training:
Initial facilitator training provided along with continuing education opportunities
Develop skills for career and person-al growth
Support families in your community
Letter of reference upon request (minimum 1 year commitment)

Our parenting Support Circles are for parents, grandparents, and other caregivers in different communities throughout BC. Our Circles are based on a self-help, peer support model which provides a safe space for Circle members to get together and discuss their strengths, challenges or concerns about their parenting role; builds a supportive network & skills; receives emotional support; develops self-advocacy skills; empowers and boosts self-esteem; and helps create a healthier living environment for all families.

Our parenting Support Circles are for parents, grandparents, and other caregivers in different communities throughout BC. Our Circles are based on a self-help, peer support model which provides a safe space for Circle members to get together and discuss their strengths, challenges or concerns about their parenting role; builds a supportive network & skills; receives emotional support; develops self-advocacy skills; empowers and boosts self-esteem; and helps create a healthier living environment for all families.

To apply: Click here
For more info, Contact Daniela
daniela.alvarado-torres@parentsupportbc.ca
604-669-1616 Ext 106.

Next Training Dates in Burnaby:

June 21, 22 & 23, 2019
Friday 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 5:15 pm
Sunday 9:00 am to 5:15 pm
Volunteers must attend the full 20h training

Download poster here: 2019-03-26 June 2019 Initial Training Flyer

Parents are People, too! Your Human Rights Protections In a Nutshell

By Richard B Johnson.

Choosing career or family. Parents, caregivers, human rights and the law.

Things are changing in very positive ways and addressing the historical parenting quagmire: whether to choose career or family. Making employees choose between employment or family is no longer acceptable. It can actually be illegal to force employees to make that choice. In this brief overview, lawyer Richard B.Johnson, outlines some the legal protections for diverse parenting arrangements in BC.

To read this article click here to download: Parents_Caregivers_Human_Rights

 

 

 

Kinship Care (GRG) Family Nature Camp – 2019 Registration Open

What? Nature Camp for Grandparent (and other kinship) led families. Activities for kids.

When? July 30th – August 1st, 2019 (3days, 2 nights)

Where? On beautiful Galiano Island. Accommodation at Bodega Ridge. Nature programming by Galiano Conservancy Association.

Cost?  PSS fundraises to cover the costs of: ferry, accommodations, food and activities. You need to pay: your own way to Swartz Bay or Tsawwassen ferry terminals; parking if required; and bring a bagged lunch for the first day!

Is it the right fit for your family?

  • It is best suited for young children 5 years to 12 years and who are able to do well in a group setting.
  • There is considerable time spent walking (sometimes on uneven terrain) during the Conservancy programming (all 3 days).
  • Cabins will be shared to allow as many families as possible to participate (Families will not be separated).
  • Accommodations & facilities are non- smoking
  • Children are expected to participate in all programming.
  • Grandparents/Kinship caregivers are responsible for their children.
  • Space is limited. Priority will be given to families who have not attended before. WE ENCOURAGE ALL TO APPLY

Applications considered on a first come, first served basis. Priority for those never been to our Kinship Family Camp.

To apply – read over the Participant Package and click on the link on the last page. Or contact our Support Line 1-855-474-9777 for assistance.

Registration closes Sunday June 9th – Midnight

Info grgline@parentsupportbc.ca 1-855-474-9777.

PSS works hard to ensure that this trip is financially accessible. If you or someone you know is able to make a donation– please go to https://www.parentsupportbc.ca/donate; or mail cheque to Parent Support Services Society of BC.  204-5623 Imperial St, Burnaby BC V5J 1G1.  All donors will receive tax receipts

Update: 2019 BC Budget – What does it mean for Kinship Care Families?

Update

Details regarding caregiver rate increases were released Thursday, February 28th. 

To see the table of who will be receiving rate increases click here.

These rate increases for Ministry of Children and Family Development caregivers will come into effect April 1, 2019.

The BC Budget has lots of good news for the families we work with. In particular, Parent Support Services is pleased that the government has listened to the concerns raised by grandparents and other kinship caregivers. We have worked hard to amplify kinship caregiver concerns and share their stories.

Finance Minister Carol James’ budget speech stated: “And I’m proud to announce that extended family, like grandparents and aunties, who support children and keep them out of care, will finally have payments equal to foster parents.”

The BC Government’s budget overview stated: “Extended family, like grandparents and aunties who support children and keep them out of care, will have their support payments increased to match those of foster payments.”

The actual budget document states: “Supporting Children in Care: Importantly, Budget 2019 provides $18 million over three years to support children who are placed in the care of extended family caregivers and adoptive parents. Support payments for the Extended Family Program, which help to cover the cost of basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter, will increase by approximately 75 per cent, and for the Post-Adoption Assistance program by 15 per cent, benefiting almost 2,500 children.”

This is good news. PSS was invited, by the Minister of Children and Family Development, the Honourable Katrine Conroy,  to Victoria for an announcement regarding caregiver rate increases on Thursday, February 28th.

The budget also stated, “By providing more funding for Indigenous extended family caregivers, government is responding to recommendations from Indigenous communities and Grand Chief Ed John to keep more Indigenous children with their families rather than taking them into the care of the Province.” We are working to find out exactly which recommendations they are acting on.

Our estimate (based on Stats Canada data) is that there are 13,000 children in kinship care in the province – these would include informal arrangements that may not interact with Government Ministries and may not be included in their counts.

PSS will remain in contact with the Minister and expect to get more details about those who are not included in the February 28th announcement. We  continue to strongly advocate alongside kinship caregivers, and work with the Provincial Government, to ensure that all children being raised by their grandparents and other extended family, receive payments that match those of foster children.

It is clear that this budget is a step ahead and will, with the government’s other announcements, make a positive difference in the lives of BC children.

Other important initiatives in the budget include: the new BC Child Opportunity Benefit, that assists low-income families by increasing the benefit amount and extending it to families with children up to the age of 18; continued investment in a universal child care system; increased rates for foster parents, investments in health care for women, children and newborns; the full elimination of MSP premiums; and the small raise in social assistance rates.

Here are some good sources of information about other aspects of the budget:
First Call: https://firstcallbc.org/publications/bc-budget-media-release-bc-budget-2019-brings-financial-relief-for-low-income-children-youth-and-their-families/
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: https://www.policynote.ca/nine-things-to-know-about-bc-budget-2019/
West Coat Leaf: http://www.westcoastleaf.org/our-publications/release-budget-2019-brings-welcome-improvements-in-benefits-but-falls-short-on-legal-aid/

Contact our Provincial Office if you have questions or concerns – 1-877-345-9777 office@parentsupportbc.ca

Celebrating Family Day

Celebrating Family Day
Unfortunately, for many, this will be hard. Many parents will not get the day off, including those who work more than one job to make ends meet.
Parent Support Services Society of BC (PSS) works with diverse communities across the province to provide Parenting Support Circles and education, and Canada’s only Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) support line. In some communities circles operate in Spanish, English, Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin and Filipino/Tagalog.

Families in BC are diverse.

Children are raised by two parents, lone parents, same-sex couples, foster parents, and increasingly by grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings and other relatives. (According to StatsCan, more than 13,000 children are being raised by kin in BC) Listening to families, and following the research and news, we know that BC is falling short in meeting many basic needs. Too many families in BC are struggling.

Many cannot afford a roof over their heads

In BC 1 in 5 are paying over 50% of their income on rent and utilities (2018 Rental Housing Index). Home owners in Vancouver are required to pay 88% of their income for ownership costs. (2018 RBC Affordability Report) .

Childcare costs are still beyond the reach of many

Because of the amazing $10/day campaign the BC Government is beginning to implement quality, affordable universal childcare. We look forward to the full implementation of the plan.

Jobs with living wages are hard to find

First Call – BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition’s 2018 Child Poverty Report Card reports that “one in five children, or 172,550 children and youth in BC, are growing up in poverty. And many are growing up in deep poverty — up to $13,000 below the poverty line. This includes poor households where one or more parents are working.”

The report also notes that, “due to systemic discrimination and other factors, the situation is even worse for some groups of children. Indigenous children, new immigrant children and children in visible or racialized minority groups all have much higher poverty rates than the BC average.” Half of BC’s children in lone-parent families were poor.

BC’s parents try to do their best, but it’s hard to celebrate when worrying about how to afford next month’s rent or mortgage payment and still provide healthy food and all the other basics of daily life .

We commend the Government of BC on the positive actions they have taken on many of these challenges, but we still have a long way to go.

This Family Day, let’s all make a commitment to work for a BC in which all families thrive, feel included, and can participate in celebrations for years to come.

Carol Madsen
Executive Director

Love Working With Kids? – Volunteer Childminders Needed

The Parent Support Services Society of BC is looking for volunteers to deliver a quality child minding/play group program for children 0 to 5 years (& some older children under 12), whose families are accessing our Support Circle Program. The volunteer child minders will work within the child minding team and Support Circle facilitators. Circle meetings vary in days, location and time.
We’re looking for individuals whom have the availability and flexibility to support our Circles throughout the Metro Vancouver/Lower Mainland area.
Duties include:
 program planning, delivery and child care (i.e., coordinate child minding/play groups; participate in planning/evaluation related to child minding; develop and deliver program appropriate to children’s ages and individual needs; ensure safety of children and staff; liaison and communication with Circle facilitators and parents); work as a team with other child minder(s).
Recruitment requirements:
 Experience in the field of childcare, preferably ECE OR Equivalent experience (Babysitting, Child Care experience, working with children, etc.)
 Experience in working with children requiring extra support
 Proven ability in working as a collaborative team member
 Approved Criminal Records Check
 Preference given to experience in working with parents within a family-centered philosophy
 A current First Aid certificate is an asset

Please fill out the online application – click here.
And send Resume and Cover Letter to:
Attention: Daniela Alvarado-Torres; Volunteer Coordinator
Parent Support Services Society of BC
#204 – 5623 Imperial Street
Burnaby, BC V5J 1G1
TEL : 604 – 669 – 1616 ext 106
Email: daniela.alvarado-torres@parentsupportbc.ca