The Justice Education Society of BC launched FamiliesChange.ca on October 21, 2016 – a new national website to help kids, teens and parents deal with separation and divorce.
The website is a Canadian first. It includes age-appropriate information to help everyone in the family deal with a parental break-up. Plus, the information is regionalized so that site users can get the right legal information and services appropriate for their province. Information is available in English and French.
FamiliesChange.ca was produced by the Justice Education Society of BC (JES) working in conjunction with provincial agencies across Canada, including the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, Court Services, with financial support from the Supporting Families Fund of the Department of Justice Canada.
“It has taken a massive effort by dozens of people from coast to coast” said Dave Nolette, Digital Program Director with JES.
Every province has online information about how to go through the legal processes to separate. “What sets this website apart is that it deals with legal responsibilities, as well as the emotional and psychological realities of separation,” Nolette said. “Plus, it provides information, videos and activities to help kids and teens deal with their new family structure.”
“I am pleased to support the Justice Education Society as it provides Canadians with new information and tools to help them work through family issues,” said Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. “This new website builds on a series of guides and other helpful information that the Government of Canada publishes to help separating Canadian parents make decisions that are in the best interests of their children.”
Children are often caught in the middle when parents separate and this website goes a long way to change this. Parents are provided with helpful information like how to talk to the kids, what to say, and what not to say.
Teens get answers to questions like: Who decides where I live? Do I have to take sides? And kids can watch animated videos and play games with messages like: It’s not your fault; You’re not alone; and Things will get better.
About the Justice Education Society
Established in 1989, the Justice Education Society is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving legal capability and increasing access to justice. This year, the Society will produce legal web resources for every Canadian province, as well as California, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine and Ohio. Each year, 1 in 7 British Columbians use JES web resources to learn about the law and deal with legal issues. Visit their website to learn more.