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Free event – SO, YOU ARE SEPARATED… Now What?
Feb 18th, 2017 by Families First Mediation

 

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SO, YOU ARE SEPARATED…  Now What?

  • How do you deal with a difficult ex?
  • What does your new family life look like?
  • How do you help your child/ren live in two homes?
  • What to do when you don’t agree on the parenting?

Please join us for an open discussion as we provide answers to these questions & more.

THURSDAY March 9th, 2017

6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. 

Oshawa Library – McLaughlin Branch

65 Bagot St., Oshawa

 

 Admission is FREE and advance registration is required.

Register by contacting sbsaccess@gmail.com or 416-518-1569 TODAY!

Brought to you by: Families First Mediation & Side by Side Supervised Access Services.

 

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A Family Is A Family – LGBTQ & Divorce Mediation
Feb 10th, 2017 by Families First Mediation

LGBTQ families and Divorce Mediation – Support for ALL families.

I had an interesting comment conveyed to me the other day and it got me thinking – yes even on a Friday 🙂

I was reviewing a flyer and wanted to make sure that the wording was inclusive. I had a concern that the way something was worded could be perceived as only relating to a male-female, mom-dad family. I wanted to ensure that my LGBTQ clients would not be or feel left out. (I am not excluding grandparents, step parents or anyone else acting in place of a parent. This flyer was intended for parenting after separation or divorce and specific issues related to that.)

The response was not a concern about the change of wording but the comment “I didn’t know that you mediated with LGBTQ clients”. Of course I do. Why wouldn’t I? “I didn’t see it on your website.”

A family is a family. No two families are the same and each has their own special circumstances. It never occurred to me to single out any specific family type and let them know that yes, I did support them. I thought by not excluding anyone, I was including everyone. Perhaps that needed clarity, I’d honestly not thought about it.

Here’s what I can say and am comfortable saying. I love working with families. During separation and divorce, I love helping them move forward. I love hearing how they are all different – their values, beliefs, how they became a family, how to raise children and how those roles can change after separation or divorce.

I don’t care if a couple is common-law or married, same sex or not. I don’t care if there are multiple parents, step-parents, grandparents, sperm donors, surrogates, adoptions or any other combination of features within a family.

Each family I work with, shares their own unique story with me. For that I am always respectful and grateful that they trust me enough to do that.

Hoping to add some clarity – Families First Mediation supports ALL families.

Julie Gill Q.Med, CDFA

Owner and Principal Mediator

Families First Mediation

www.juliegill.ca

 

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