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May 15, 2019

Belize Observes International Day of Families

Belize joined the rest of the world today to observe International Day of Families. The day is used to shine light on the importance of families and their role in development across societies, as well as to raise awareness of issues affecting families. President of the National Parenting Task Force Margaret Nicholas says that while the structure of families and the demographics have changed over the years, every type of family must be counted because families are still the basic unit of society.


Margaret Nicholas

Margaret Nicholas, President, National Parenting Task Force

“That is to really and truly give importance to the family because we all know that family is the cornerstone of our societies. To go a little bit way back, in 1994, that was when the N.C.F.C. was really established in recognition of and honoring the whole celebration of international families day as well as the family service division of the human development department at the time. Those two organizations were established and the primary focus was for the reunification and the preservation of the family. And really and truly, our focus as the national parenting task force of the N.C.F.C. is to work very closely with families through our parenting guide. We are especially focused on how we can really and truly bring fathers into the lives of their children. I think we have also come to the place where we realize that families are not what they used to be. We have nuclear families and that is what families are defined as. We now know there are many types of emerging families and we have to give attention to all families irrespective of how they are called and what they are known as.  We have the whole issue of common law unions that has legal backing because there is the law for common-law unions. We have children who are being reared by older siblings and grandparents and children who are being reared in other types of families. So to ensure that no child is left behind we have to ensure that we work with all families across the country of Belize.”

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