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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Children best served by healthy co-parenting after split

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By AdvocateDaily.com Staff Effective co-parenting is a skill that can be learned, but that requires some practice and should be adopted early on, Alberta child protection specialist Melani Carefoot tells AdvocateDaily.com. “People let their own adult emotions get in the way,” says Carefoot, owner and principal of Positive Choices Counselling & Assessment. She points out […]

‘Cookie cutter’ approach inappropriate for parents with addiction

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By AdvocateDaily.com Staff A number of children have been separated from their parents as a result of the current opioid epidemic, but broad assumptions and ‘cookie-cutter’ responses are not the answer in these cases, Alberta child protection specialist Melani Carefoot writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. “News reports on drug-related deaths rarely indicate if the deceased […]

Co-parenting after divorce requires communication, planning

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By AdvocateDaily.com Staff   Co-parenting effectively after a divorce or separation often takes much longer than anticipated, as both parties have to be committed to making it work, Alberta child protection specialist Melani Carefoot tells Global News Morning Calgary. “You have to walk away from your previous relationship and be prepared to form a new relationship […]