Co-parenting takes practice, but worth the effort.

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By Kathy Rumleski, AdvocateDaily.com Contributor For separating couples with children, a parenting plan is essential to help everyone navigate the challenging world of working with your ex to raise the kids, Alberta child protection specialist Melani Carefoot tells AdvocateDaily.com. Such a plan is akin to a roadmap that offers reassurance you’re on the right course toward becoming the best […]

Huge financial, emotional toll settling family disputes in court

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By AdvocateDaily.com Staff Before separating parents opt to resolve their differences in court they should consider the financial and emotional toll it will have on their family, says Alberta child protection specialist Melani Carefoot. Legal costs can add up quickly, without any guarantee of making headway toward a resolution, she tells AdvocateDaily.com. “Last year, one […]

Proactive approach works best in child welfare cases

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By AdvocateDaily.com Staff   Parents involved with children’s services should avoid reacting in haste, as that often inflames an already stressful situation, Alberta child protection specialist Melani Carefoot tells AdvocateDaily.com. Instead, says Carefoot, owner and principal of Positive Choices Counselling, those under investigation would be better served by taking a proactive approach to addressing the […]

Professional support key in child apprehension orders

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By AdvocateDaily.com Staff   Facing a child apprehension order is a traumatic and overwhelming experience for parents and the children, and it’s key to get professional support early in the process, says Alberta child protection specialist Melani Carefoot. In child welfare cases, children can be taken from their homes if a social worker determines they are in […]

Advocates provide practical help navigating system

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By AdvocateDaily.com Staff   An advocate can help families navigate the children’s services system, which often lacks consistency, Alberta child protection specialist Melani Carefoot tells AdvocateDaily.com. “I think it’s an ongoing problem with children’s services particularly,” says Carefoot owner and principal of Positive Choices Counselling & Assessment. While there’s adequate guidance on procedure with Alberta’s policy manual […]

What Is Signs of Safety?

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The Signs of Safety is a constantly evolving approach to child protection casework. Above everything, the approach focuses on practices, tools and methods that make a real difference for professionals and families facing the complex problems of child abuse. In this video, the principal co-creator of the approach, Dr Andrew Turnell, gives a brief overview […]