Posts by Allison Dunfield

New online campaign launched to prevent sextortion among teenaged boys

- by Allison Dunfield

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) has seen an 89 per cent increase over the past two years in online sextortion cases among teenage boys, prompting the centre to develop Canada’s an awareness and prevention campaign for boys.

The new campaign uses humour to connect with boys and deliver the serious message of “don’t get sextorted.” The new website offers resources for teens, educators and parents to facilitate open conversations about the issue and a link to confidential online help.

It also features a video: :

For more information visit The Canadian Centre for Child Protection.


Today is International Missing Children's Day

- by Allison Dunfield

May 25, 2017 is International Missing Children's Day. Each year, thousands of Canadian children go missing. The majority of those children are found safe, but families are reminded to keep a watchful eye on children in their care, and to talk to them about safety tips.

The Winnipeg Police Service has put together a video message to remind parents to put kids first:

As well, has information on the single most effective way parents can help reduce the risk of a child going missing: the buddy system. For more information, please visit
this fact sheet.


Favouring reunification for children in foster care a legal mandate

- by Allison Dunfield

Interesting opinion piece on foster care in the State of California from the Chronicle of Social Change...

Favouring reunification for children in foster care is a legal mandate, not bias against foster parents


How parents with mental health conditions can be successful

- by Allison Dunfield

From the Columbia Chronicle, a story about how with the proper support, mothers and fathers with mental illness such as bipolar disorder or depression can parent their children well.


How a former foster child is helping others

- by Allison Dunfield

In a bid to make sure young people leaving foster care don't repeat her experience, a young woman in Ontario created a mentorship program for those aging out of foster care. Read more here about the CHEERS program, an acronym for Creating Hope and Ensuring Excellent Roads to Success.


Info session on becoming a foster parent: May 17

- by Allison Dunfield

Child and Family Services of Central Manitoba is seeking foster parents in its region. An information session will be held May 17, 2017 in Portage la Prairie. For more information, please see Fostering: What it's all about.

If you are not in the Central Region but would like more information about becoming a foster parent in your area, please contact your local Child and Family Service agency.


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