Province launches consultations on poverty reduction strategy

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Families Minister Scott Fielding and Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart are inviting Manitobans to share their thoughts on how to prevent and reduce poverty as they announced the launch of consultations that will guide the development of a new poverty reduction strategy.

“The reasons for poverty are complex and multi-dimensional and we want to hear Manitobans’ diverse experiences so we can develop an innovative, inclusive and people-focused strategy that includes meaningful measurement and targets,” said Fielding, who co-chairs the province’s Poverty Reduction Committee with Wishart. “Consultations will focus on pathways to move Manitobans out of poverty, and input from citizens and stakeholders will help us identify priorities.”

Read the rest of the news release here.

 

Canadian Children's Charter being developed

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Dozens of youth gathered in Ottawa on Monday to mark National Child Day and to develop Canada’s first “Children’s Charter,” which will be unveiled in Parliament.

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Happy Children's Day!!

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November 20 is International Children's Day, a day set aside to recognize togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improve children's welfare.

Please read more here!

http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday/



 

Province strengthens focus on family violence

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The Manitoba government is strengthening its fight against family violence, Families Minister Scott Fielding and Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires, minister responsible for the status of women, announced today.

The ministers advised the Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP) will transition to the Status of Women Secretariat from the Department of Families and Squires will chair a new ministerial committee mandated to co-ordinate a government-wide approach to ending gender-based violence.

“In 2015, Manitoba had the second-highest rate of police-reported intimate partner violence in Canada at almost twice the national rate,” said Fielding. “Aligning these areas will strengthen the comprehensive network of supports and services available to families across the province. The secretariat plays a lead role in developing government policies to address gender-based violence and we want to leverage that expertise to give this program greater attention.”

FVPP provides funding to 33 community-based agencies including emergency shelters, residential second-stage housing, women’s resource centres and specialized programming for women, men and children affected by family violence, as well as a 24-hour crisis line.


“Given my strong personal commitment to eradicating gender-based violence, I’m honoured to lead this program and bring together all of these initiatives,” said Squires. “I look forward to building on the collaborative work we have already established across government and continue to offer a co-ordinated, efficient slate of services.”

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Let's celebrate National Adoption Month!

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The Dave Thomas Foundation celebrates National Adoption Month.

Every child deserves a safe, loving and permanent family. That is the simple yet profound motivation behind National Adoption Month. Celebrated across North America each November, this special month of awareness helps to increase the number of families willing to consider adoption and celebrates the joys of creating families through foster care adoption.

Read more here.

 

Knowles Treatment Centre seeks foster parents!

- by Allison Dunfield

Knowles Centre’s Treatment Foster Care Program is actively recruiting treatment foster parents in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. As you are aware, there is a record number of children in care in Manitoba. While most are living with foster families or kin and in other appropriate settings, too many are waiting in emergency placements that can’t properly address the serious issues these children are facing.

There are many caring individuals, couples and families in Manitoba who are capable of making a difference in the lives of these young people. To this end, we ask that share this information with any families, friends, contacts, etc. who may make a great foster parent.

We are hosting an information session on Wed., Nov. 15, from 7-9 p.m. at Knowles Centre, 2065 Henderson Highway in Winnipeg.

This is an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about fostering with Knowles Centre. There will be no obligation for anyone to commit to fostering.

Visit us at www.knowlescentre.org for more information, or register at TFC@knowlescentre.org or 204-339-4692.

Thank you!



 

A sweet idea

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A new volunteer organization in Winnipeg is creating birthday and other cakes for children in need.

"Every child, regardless of their life circumstance, deserves a cake for their birthday," says one of the partners of Cakes for Kids.

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November is domestic violence month

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The Manitoba government is proclaiming November as Domestic Violence Prevention Month and urging Manitobans to play a role in speaking out against abuse, Families Minister Scott Fielding and Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires, minister responsible for the status of women, announced today.

See the news release here.

 

New program offered to empower coaches, protect children

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A new course is being offered by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to for coaches to help protect children.

The course, called Commit to Kids for Coaches, provides practical information that gives coaches a standard of measuring and maintaining professional boundaries with youth athletes.

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Breaking the cycle of foster care

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A recent story on CBC.ca highlights the need for more Indigenous social workers. It recounts the stories of two grown foster children who decided to break the cycle when they became adults.

One was a child of a Sixties Scoop survivor who never had a stable home. One was the grandson of a residential school survivor who spent most of his childhood in care. Both were taken from their families at age two. Both fell into despair. And both were determined to not let it happen to their kids.

Please read the whole story here:

Damian Abrahams Khaila

Damian Abrahams took parenting and family life programs before his daughter Khaila, 8, was born. (Photo courtesy CBC).

 

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