community care: empower. advocate. reduce harm. heal.
co-creating a society that can offer hope and empower healing in Canada's 1 in 5 youth who are exposed to the stress and stigma of a parent's substance use.
In today's society, disclosing a parent's substance use increases a child's risk of being involved in the child welfare system, their parents being criminalized, and children being left to navigate the stress and stigma of a parent's substance use alone. We are changing this.
Through peer support, advocacy, and community capacity building, we are co-creating a society that can offer hope, protect the health, and promote the healing of Canadian families.
Why this work Matters: A message from our founder
Children have a right to be free from substance use stigma and its harm:
There are children who are exposed to the stress of a parent's unaddressed trauma and subsequent substance use disorder. And there are parents who meet barriers such as discrimination and lack of support, which could support their path to healthier substance use. Both parent and child need a compassionate and just community. Learn more here.
Like Starlings, we gather and connect so that all children may rise resilient.