family issues


**Please see the Community Resources section for information on community programs and organizations that offer support with the often challenging world of parenting.

Family Law

The government of Nova Scotia's Crime Prevention Unit has recently developed a  website to help families looking for information about family law.  Their description is below:

On July 17, 2012 Justice Minister Landry launched, a new website that helps explain family laws to Nova Scotians.  It offers information and resources about family law, including separation and divorce, custody and access, child support, mental health and family violence. The website came about after a unique collaborative effort by the Department of Justice, Department of Community Services, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, Nova Scotia Legal Aid, Canadian Bar Association-Nova Scotia, Capital District Health Authority and the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary.

Family Violence and Domestic Abuse

Alice Housing.  Alice Housing provides safe second stage (non-emergency) housing and supportive counselling to women and children leaving domestic abuse. 

Healing the Bruises. This newly-released book, written through the eyes of a child, tells the story of a girl's journey to safety in the Alice Housing program.  It is written by Lori Morgan, Alice Housing's Child and Youth Counsellor, and is designed to be read by children, with engaging graphic novel style illustrations by Kathy Kaulbach.  The book is now available at Tattletales.

Department of Community Services.  Sometimes, families need support in keeping children safe and well cared-for.  DCS intervention can be one way to get them this help. Call the main line at 424-3298 for referrals or questions.

Click here to see the Halifax Regional School Board Policy and Procedures for reporting suspected abuse or neglect.

Separation and Divorce

"Keeping Kids Out of the Middle" This article provides clear information to help protect children from the adult issues of divorce. This site, created by Ontario Social Worker Gary Direnfeld, provides support for general parenting issues, as well as specific articles on issues related to separation, divorce, visitation and custody.

Family Illness

Love and support from family and friends helps children feel safe when a family member is sick.  Specific information about illness, treatments, etc. may also help, as long as it is age-appropriate and only given if the child seems to need to know.  Honest, simple, and clear answers are best.  It is okay to say that you don't have all the answers.

The American Cancer Society has resources to help parents discuss cancer with their children.  Click here to access this.  Other information will be added to my website as needed. 

General Family Resources

Nova Scotia Council for the Family

The Nova Scotia Council for the Family is a registered charity made up of member organizations who serve children and/or families in Nova Scotia. The members of the Council are drawn from organizations and professions that are concerned with the well-being of families. Our members are involved in:


  • child care
  • education
  • family counselling
  • family and children's services
  • family law
  • family support
  • health
  • residential facilities
  • parent resource services
  • parent support groups


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