Additional provincial co-parenting supports now available
Island families will now have access to more supports to help address the challenges of separation, divorce and parenting from multiple homes.
The Co-parenting Action Team (CAT) is an interdepartmental program that will offer personalized supports to help parents address the co-parenting challenges they are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic and connect them with appropriate government and community programs and services.
The Departments of Justice and Public Safety of Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia have also partnered to offer Island families the Positive Parenting from Two Homes course online. This free of charge program can support parents gain a greater understanding of their and their children’s needs through the separation or divorce process. Through this online program, participants will develop strategies to address topics such as:
- Parenting plans;
- Managing and reducing conflict;
- Developing relationship with the other parent;
- Family violence; and
- Legal information.
“As we all adapt our lives with the public health measures to protect our Island, we know that parents are facing a great deal of pressure, particularly in complex co-parenting situations. We recognize that there many different co-parenting challenges existed before the pandemic and they may be amplified in these stressful times,” said Minister of Justice and Public Safety Bloyce Thompson. “These dedicated one on one supports will hopefully help alleviate some of the challenges Island families are facing in our new reality.”
Families can access the CAT program by email CATProgram@ihis.org or by phone 1-833-796-0638 and the Positive Parenting from Two Homes online.
“Children are often the innocent bystanders in family disagreements and it is more important than ever that we find ways to help Island families find peaceful solutions in high conflict situations,” added Ernie Hudson, Minister of Social Development and Housing. “Finding innovative ways to deliver these supports to families is needed and can very well become part of how we continue to evolve the way we offer services to those who need it most.”
Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Office of the Premier