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Published by authority of the Minister of Health © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 2000

Reprint 1996, 2000
Cat. H39-293/1994E
ISBN 0-662-21513-3


"Because Life Goes On... Helping Children and Youth Live with Separation and Divorce" is a Health Canada publication intended to reach out to Canadian families in need of information and resources to help their children to live through the process of separation and divorce. This booklet is also designed to assist professionals in such fields as social services, health, justice and education, in their work with children and their parents.

Health Canada is very proud to provide this 2nd edition of "Because Life Goes On..." in response to an overwhelming demand from Canadian families and professionals. Although the core content of the booklet has remained the same, certain sections have been updated to better address some of the current issues related to separation and divorce.

Health Canada is very grateful to all individuals who have contributed to the creation of this booklet, in particular to its authors:

Natacha Joubert, PhD, Mental Health Promotion Unit
Kathleen Guy, President of Guy Associates

Special thanks are due to those who provided their passion, commitment, and knowledge on the subject area or skills in research, writing, editing, translation and design. The Department expresses its appreciation to the following individuals and organizations for their assistance and collaboration, and to the many others, including our readers, who provided their ideas, suggestions and support:

BC Council for Families
Marilyn Bongaard,
Karen Bron & Barbara Grocholski-Stewart, Child Support Team, Justice Canada Joyce Borenstein, Illumination Magique Inc.
Michelle Décarie, Editor
Rhonda Freeman, Families in Transition, Family Service Association of Metropolitan Toronto
Liza Goulet, Consultant
Nancy Johnson, Johnson Associates
Orysia Z. Kostiuk, Parent Education, For the Sake of the Children Project, Province of Manitoba
Senator Landon Pearson, Senate of Canada
Stephanie Pelot and Lloyd Pelot, Pentafolio Multimedia
Marie-Josée Rosset, Translator
Suzanne Sabourin, Mental Health Promotion Unit
Annie Thibault, Cover Illustration
Gaby Vieira, Katalin Kennedy and Joanne Lacroix, Family Violence Prevention, Health Canada
Judith Whitehead, Vankellers Writing and Editing Services

Health Canada is also grateful to Justice Canada for their financial contribution to the printing of the booklet.

The quotations of young people included in this booklet are from the film video One Divided By Two: Kids and Divorce. Permission to reproduce these quotes was provided by the film's producer, Illumination Magique Inc. Refer to the Resources section for more information.

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