AFCC-O 2013

AFCC-O News From 2013

2013 will stand out as a very busy year for AFCC-O. Besides the 5th AGM & Annual conference, Our Families’ Faces: An Examination of our Evolving Legal System and the Diverse Families We Serve on October 17, 2013, we held several other significant training and/or outreach events.  Sessions in Kingston, Toronto, Sarnia, Halton, Peterborough, and Timmins to name a few covered a variety of unique topics.  For example, Sarnia’s event on November 13, 2013, entitled Substance Abuse and Addictions: Unique Cultural, Legal and Clinical Considerations for First Nations’ Families. We also held our first “New Professionals” event alongside the 2013 Annual Conference.  The Walsh Family Law Moot was becoming an annual event, and programs were offered by the New Child Protection Lawyers, and the Parenting Capacity Assessors’ Groups.  AFCC-O co-sponsored a two-day program with ADRIO, FMC, OAFM, and OCLF on November 1 and 2, 2013 for advanced training for family mediators and collaborative professionals called, Moving Beyond Resistance to Creativity.

AFCC-O also commissioned two research papers that year: the first on family court resource models, and the second about cross over children that were presented at various conferences or symposiums. We also received the report from the working group co-sponsored with the Advocates Society on Judicial Interviews and Meetings with Children. The paper on family court resource models, Reforming the Family Justice System: An Evidenced-based Approach was then shared at the National Family Justice Symposium hosted by AFCC-O in Toronto on November 15, 2013.

If we jump forward to 2018 we find that AFCC-O continues to be invited to participate in various discussion groups, symposiums, meetings and provincial or federal consultations on various changes such as the coming expansion of Unified Family Courts and most recently potential legislative changes to the Divorce Act, in Bill C-78

See Bill C-78: Reforming the Divorce Act on our AFCC-O Research, Recent Initiatives webpage for important proposed improvements.

We also continue our work across the province on community programs and outreach, as well as planning our exciting 10th AGM and Annual Conference, The Future of Youth: Moving Beyond Risk to Resilience with keynote speaker Dr. Michael Ungar and many other presenters.  Mark October 18 and 19, 2018 on your calendar to attend our conference and surrounding events in Toronto.  We hope to see you all there!

Written by: Dr. Dan T. Ashbourne, C. Psych., AFCC-O President 2017-2018