Parenting is one of the most important roles an adult can play. Parents have a great deal of wisdom and experience in many areas of life, including raising children. The General Authority recognizes the importance of parents in their children's lives. As a parent, you may have questions about parenting and your rights and responsibilities, and those of your children. Children's basic rights include the right to be safe, to be treated with love and affection, to be educated and to have medical care, and to be protected from abuse. It is important for parents to be aware of their responsibilities toward their children, and also, what their children's rights are.
The law allows parents to raise their children with their own values and beliefs. This means that you have the right to raise and discipline your children without child and family service involvement unless your child is unsafe, as set out in Canadian law.
It is your right and responsibility to make decisions about religion, school, discipline, medical treatment and where your child lives. No one can change your decisions unless, for example, your child is badly treated, is not receiving education, is not allowed medical treatment when it is needed or there is an order by a court.
As a parent you have duty to:
• Protect your child from harm
• Provide food, clothing and a place to live for your child
• Financially support your child
• Provide safety, supervision and control
• Provide medical care
• Provide an education
In Manitoba, children are protected and families supported by a law called The Child and Family Services Act (CFSA). Children have a right to be protected from abuse, neglect, and threat of harm.
This law follows these principles:
• Children have the right to be safe and secure
• Families should be supported and helped
• Parents are responsible for safely raising their children
• Families and children have rights and get to make decisions
• Families have the right to their culture and language
• Children come into CFS care only when they are unsafe
It’s important for children to understand what their parents’ responsibilities are.
Parents are there to protect children’s rights until they are old enough to be considered an adult.