Family Day 2015

Family Day 2015

Family Day raises complex emotions for many of us across BC. At Parent Support Services Society we hear stories every day from and about parents, grandparents, children and youth and too many of those stories are steeped in poverty, loss, injustice, discrimination, isolation and struggle. We are good at searching out any supports that might be available, however, the big problems are not possible for us to solve.

Child poverty continues at a high and inexcusable rate in BC; Aboriginal children and youth still make up far too great a percentage of children in foster care; child care costs make it impossible for many parents to work outside the home; and that home is less and less affordable. Single parents and single grandparents raising grandchildren, remain the most at risk of being caught in poverty.

This week, in recognition of Family Day, we are launching our first documentary film – Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Telling Our Stories, in Burnaby, Nanaimo, Prince George and Victoria. It’s a hard film to watch and inspiring at the same time. These amazing grandparents show what determination, love, and persistence can accomplish when the need arises. They do their very best to make sure the children are safe and secure with family and they do this with very limited access to financial or social support.

Parenting is always about tears and laughter, worry and joy, and it’s definitely about hard work. Grandparents, and other relatives, take on this enormous responsibility when the parents are unable to parent. Everyone in a parenting role deserves recognition for the vitally important jobs they perform every day and especially on Family Day. We hope that by next Family Day we can celebrate a reduction in poverty and new supports and awareness that bring equal inclusion and opportunity for success for all children and families in BC and beyond.