Newcomer Families

This section of the website lists BC, Canadian and International resources that assist Newcomer Families with their settlement and integration into BC communities. 

AMSSA Resources

Family, Migration, and Settlement, Migration Matters Info Sheet
This issue of Migration Matters examines how family impacts migration and how immigration policy impacts families. It also explores the interdependent relationship between family and settlement. Resources for newcomer families in BC are provided.

BC Resources

Family Roots: British Columbia’s Changing Families, Province of British Columbia
This report highlights the changing nature of families in British Columbia and how the government has responded to these changes.

Newcomer Families in BC

Resources for Newcomers, Vancouver School Board
The website of the Vancouver School Board (VSB) offers a wide variety of support services and resources for newly arrived students and their families.

Family Law in British Columbia—for Immigrants, Legal Services Society
Information about family law addressed specifically to immigrants or available in languages other than English.

Multilingual Parenting Information, Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs
Parenting information in multiple languages is available on the website. Topics include active life, family life, guiding children’s behaviour, literacy and numeracy, and play time.

BC Association of Family Resource Programs
The BC Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP-BC) is a not-for-profit provincial organization dedicated to raising the awareness of the importance of community-based Family Resource Programs.

BC Representative for Children and Youth
British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth supports young people and their families in dealing with the provincial child and youth welfare system.

BC Council for Families
This website provides resources, support and trainings to assist families in flourishing and prospering. The Council is available for all families and welcomes you to define family how it best fits your situation.

Canadian Resources

New In Canada Parenting Support Brochures, CMAS
There are many challenges facing parents in keeping children safe and secure in a new and un-familiar environment. These resources on various parenting topics are available in multiple languages:

Dressing for Winter: English, French, Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu

Fire Safety: English, French, Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu

Home Safety for Children: English, French, Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu

SIDS: English, French, Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu

Swimming Safety: English, French, Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu

Street Safety: English, French, Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu

Immigration and Families, Canadian Studies
CITC is a quarterly publication of the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS). This issue of Canadian Issues provides a fascinating look at the complexities within which current debates about family class immigration and family reunification are immersed.

Culture and Family Dynamics, Dimensions of Culture
This article addresses cultural differences in family dynamics, introducing a few fundamental concepts and covering important questions that need to be asked by providers to understand the family experience unique to each individual patient and how that affects decision-making, compliance, and successful treatment outcomes.

International Resources

Raising Children in a New Country: An Illustrated Handbook, Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services
This booklet assists organizations serving refugees and immigrants in supporting newcomer parents by providing basic parenting information. This booklet is also available in Arabic and Somali.

Raising Children in a New Country: A Toolkit for Working with Newcomer Parents, Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services
This toolkit has been created for staff working with and serving refugee and immigrant clients by providing them with resources and information to better assist newcomer parents integrating into a new country.

Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development, Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services
This booklet focuses on providing refugee families with information about health development, early learning and school readiness in early years care from the prenatal period through to age 5. This booklet is also available in Nepali, Arabic, Spanish and Somali.

Ways to Use Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development Handbook, Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services
The Handbook is intended to support frontline staff working with refugees and immigrants in starting focused conversations about diverse parenting practices in order to promote cross-cultural understanding.

Handbook Tip Sheets, Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services
Handbook Tip Sheets correspond to the themes in the Handbook and include conversation starters, cultural considerations, and additional resources for each theme. The Tip Sheets are available in the following languages and the following topics:

Family Well-Being
Prenatal Care: English, Arabic and Spanish

Health: English, Arabic and Spanish

Hygiene: English, Arabic and Spanish

Oral Health: English, Arabic and Spanish

Nutrition: English, Arabic and Spanish

Bedtime: English, Arabic and Spanish

Safety and Protection

Home Safety: English, Arabic and Spanish

Safety in Public Places, Child Supervision and Preventing Harm to Children: English, Arabic and Spanish

Street, Car and Taxi: English, Arabic and Spanish

Guidance and Discipline: English, Arabic and Spanish

Healthy Brain Development: English, Arabic and Spanish

Early Learning and School Readiness

Social and Emotional Development: English, Arabic and Spanish

Language and Literacy Development: English, Arabic and Spanish

Approaches to Learning: English, Arabic and Spanish

Cognition Development and General Knowledge: English, Arabic and Spanish

Physical Development: English, Arabic and Spanish

Connecting to Early Care and Education

Family Engagement: English, Arabic and Spanish

Research Reports

World Family Map 2013: Mapping family change and child well-being outcomes, Child Trends
The World Family Map Project seeks both to monitor the health of family life around the globe and to learn more about how family trends affect the well-being of children.

Immigration, Acculturation, and Parenting, Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development
Over 200 million individuals worldwide are international migrants. An emergent body of research is focused on the implications of immigration and acculturation for parenting. This research report focuses on the unique challenges that immigrant parents face when they migrate from one culture to another.

Study on Parenting Issues of Newcomer Families in Ontario: Waterloo Region findings, Centre for Research and Education in Human Services
This report documents the processes and findings of an eight-month research study on parenting issues of newcomer families in Ontario.

 

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