“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.” – Lord Buddha
Last time I wrote about “Leadership is about empowering children“, today I would like to digest on how democratic, developed and civilized countries have prioritized on family foundation and children guardianship policy. One of those countries I am going to showcase here is Canada.
There are critics on welfare state whose fallacy has resulted in many people ended up in making a living by the social welfare of the government. In this prospect, humble theorists on weaker people are to endorse support on short term rehabilitation so that they can find job and decent wage to feed themselves. There are categories of disable people on both mental and physical disability, seniors and others who are fallen in lifelong social support. Hence, those who are able to work, the support is not long lasting.
But the goodness to operate through this policy, the civilized countries can ensure fair distribution of nation wealth to everyone. Government has collected money from both natural resources and taxes, and government is accountable to share those collected revenue equally to everyone. Those money belong to the people, not to the government staffs and elites at all. Those officials and top government leaders are the servants of the people. The state’s assets and wealth are belonging to everyone regardless of who they are. This welfare state policy has created to ensure this fundamental perception of human dignity and social equilibrium.
With those short term supports, government of Canada has projected to build long term capability of all Canadian citizens. Each year, both provincial and federal government has spent huge money in the effort to protect children from domestic abuses and looking after the well-being of family. Family is considered the important particle of the society and future effective generation for the nation.
There are different mechanisms to protect children through “Child and Family Services” such as:
- To protect, serve, and enhance the well-being of vulnerable children, youth and families through engaging communities and leading in the creation and delivery of services.
- Child abuse hotline
- Child disability resource link
- Bullying help phone
- Kids help phone
- Family violence info line 24 hours
- 24 hours child intervention line
Recently, the yoke of political competition has commenced government-led PC party, PM Stephen Harper, to announce the increase of Universal Child Care Benefit which will increase from $100 to $160 per month up to 5 years old and renewing benefit of $60 per month from 6 to 17 years of age for per child. Also, married coup family can claim more on delivering tax credit and fitness tax credit etc.
This increasing amount policy towards supporting children and non-separated couple families is a great move to help children’s healthy growth and family bonding. It has also reduced burden to hire professional social workers to handle this complex family issue.