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National Child Day November 20  FRP Canada is pleased to celebrate National Child Day with the release of a new study about reaching and engaging parents: What Works for Whom?.
National Child Day marks the adoption by the United Nations of the Convention on the Rights on the Child (http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/k2crc.htm) in 1989. By ratifying the convention in 1991, Canada made a commitment to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect. In 1993, the Government of Canada enacted Bill C-371, otherwise known as the Child Day Act, and designated November 20th of each year as a national day of the child in order to promote awareness in Canada of the Convention.
The theme for National Child Day 2008 is The Right to Protection from Sexual Exploitation. To learn more about this year’s theme, for activities for children, to learn more about how to celebrate National Child Day, or to download a poster for your centre, visit www.childday.gc.ca

What Works for Whom? Promising Practices in Parenting Education, 2008 (PDF 1.13 MB).
As family support practitioners, you know that how a program is offered to parents is at least as important as what the program is about. When research studies claim to measure the impact of parenting programs and don’t take into account the process that was used when offering the program, they may be missing key information.
FRP Canada is pleased to release a new resource that focuses on promising practices when offering parenting education. What Works for Whom?  presents findings from an extensive literature review conducted by Betsy Mann in 2006. This original work has been supplemented by comments from family support practitioners based on their own experience and has been updated with recent references.
What Works for Whom? focuses especially on practices that have been found to be effective with parents who are living in challenging circumstances. Topics include
1) reasons for offering parenting education,
2) theories behind parenting education,
3) populations served,
4) timing of program delivery and
5) implementation practices, such as getting participants to come and keep coming; helping participants to engage, learn and apply what they have learned; and helping participants to sustain their learning.
The report also includes an insightful discussion about the pros and cons of different research methods, a lengthy annotated bibliography and a comprehensive list of references. We hope you will find this a useful resource in your work. You are invited to provide feedback to info@frp.ca.

Travel Subsidies for Members to travel to the FRP Canada conference in Niagara Falls. Deadline to apply January 16, 2009.

Awards   Nominations are being sought from members. Deadline Dec. 5, 2008. Details

September 26, 2008 FRP Canada Board of Directors asks the leaders of the four main political parties for their party's position on family support.  Responses will be posted as they arrive.  See the English letter   ou lettre en français.
October 6, 2008  Response from the Liberal Party of Canada.
October 6, 2008  Response from the Green Party of Canada.
October 10, 2008 Response from the New Democratic Party of Canada.

September 22, 2008 FRP Canada members are invited to apply to participate in the Care, Identity and Inclusion Pilot Project. Please log in as a member, and then click on this link for more information. This is a project of HIPPY Canada in conjunction with the Human Early Learning Partnership of UBC.  Deadline to apply is  October 15, 2008.

September 18, 2008    The Annual General Meeting was held today at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel in Toronto, preceding the biennial conference of the Family Supports Institute Ontario.
At this meeting, two new members of the Board of Directors
were elected: Trish Plant, Toronto, ON and Barb Fratesi, Stony Plain, AB. Crystal Elliott, Lethbridge, AB was re-elected to her second term. 
Marianne Drew-Pennington, BC, Barb Lillico, ON and Rodney O'Driscoll, NL were each acclaimed to another term.
Three members of the Board of Directors who had completed the maximum of three two-year terms on the Board were thanked: Catherine Moher, ON, Ann Robertson, PEI, and Lavonne Roloff, AB.
Click here for the complete list of the Board of Directors.