Sin­gle par­ents

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A free con­fer­ence to help em­power sin­gle par­ent fam­i­lies is tak­ing place next week. Or­gan­ised by the Auck­land Sin­gle Par­ent’s Trust the day­long con­fer­ence will cover two themes: Sin­gle Par­ents You’re Bril­liant and Lose the La­bels. ‘‘The stigma placed on sin­gle par­ents is in­cor­rect and the sham­ing and dis­crim­i­na­tion needs to stop,’’ a trust spokesper­son says. ‘‘It not only keeps sin­gle par­ents from be­ing con­fi­dent and be­liev­ing in them­selves, it causes ter­ri­ble heartache, de­pres­sion and sui­cide for both the sin­gle par­ent and chil­dren.’’ The con­fer­ence will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion for sin­gle par­ents in fam­ily court is­sues, child sup­port, WINZ and CYF. Child­care has been ar­ranged in a sep­a­rate hall for par­ents who need to bring chil­dren. The con­fer­ence is Novem­ber 2 at Kel­ston Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 135 Awaroa Rd, Sun­ny­vale. Visit sin­gle­par­ents con­fer­ence.org.nz for more in­for­ma­tion.

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