Grandparents Rights in Ontario
Children who don't have family connections are at Risk of losing their identity!
A grandparent in Ontario is viewed as an interested third party.
Children are at risk of losing their identity, due to a forced separation by adult generations to key members who make up their family group of people, such as a grandparent or a parent.
Courts assume that the custodial parent makes decisions for the child based on The Best Interest of the Child, but, this is not always the case.
Courts try to protect children by only allowing immediate family members in the court room when decisions are made for them. Grandparents in Ontario are third party members and not allowed to participate.
In Ontario, Children's Rights to family connections even when there is a healthy bond with grandparents are ignored in favor of parental ownership of the child read the following article
(newspaper article) Windsor Star December 10, 2010 By Sarah Sachelli
Grandparents rally for child access rights
Dr Robert Drake and his wife, Susan, miss their granddaughter terribly
The 16-year-old girl lived with them for three months earlier this year when neither of her divorced parents wanted her. The courts held a hearing which resulted in the girl being placed in a group home in Dundas, Ont. The Drakes were barred from the courtroom, because as grandparents, they had no legal standing.
"It's as if grandparents don't even exist," said Robert drake of how the law treats child custody cases.
The Drakes plan to attend an event at City hall Square Sunday to raise awareness of the lack of grandparents' rights. Called "Grandparents Missing Grandchildren," the candlelight vigil is expected to draw hundreds.
Family Connections are urging Canadian law makers to update current laws so that Canadian children are ensured rights to associate with their grandparents. Children should be ensured their own freedoms.
All children should live free of manipulative tactics where a custodial caregiver puts their own feelings of hate and spite ahead of their child's best interest which interfere with relations between the child and his or her group of people.
Changes to the Children's Law Reform Act are necessary so that children can enjoy simple freedoms such as receiving phone calls and mail from a family member and to ensure contact with the groups of people which they belong to.
Amendments that enshrine children's rights will ensure children of community engagement and youth participation within their groups of people so that they can enjoy their cultural and ethic continuity and growth. These freedoms are paramount to a child's sense of self identity and individuality.
" What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies" ~ Rudolph Giuliani
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