Parentification refers to children and youth taking on adult roles and responsibilities that are not normative for this age in order to support their parents. When families migrate to a new country, navigating the health and social services system can be complex. As a result, newcomer children and youth often experience taking on tasks that are not typical for for their age.
This panel brings together varied perspectives on this topic, including acute care, community and the educational system. A psychologist, a settlement worker in the education system and a manager of mental health centralized intake will share their experiences working with newcomer children and youth who have taken on adult responsibilities to contribute to the success of their families in adapting to their new country.
After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Recognize what the parentification of newcomer children and youth can look like
• Understand how family systems and role dynamics in newcomer families may shift following the migration to a new country
• Understand the emotional and psychological impact this migration can have on newcomer children and youth when taking on adult responsibilities that are not appropriate for their age
• Identify strategies to prevent the parentification of newcomer children and youth