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Aug 7, 2008

Family Separation A Guide for Teens - Top ten things for teens to remember

Family Separation A Guide for Teens - Top ten things for teens to remember The Australian Government has produced a booklet 'Family Separation A Guide for Teens' with the Child Support Agency to help Australian teens experiencing family separation.

Separation can take place over months or years. During this time children experience many emotions and changes to their lifestyle. It can be confusing and a difficult process fir everyone to adjust to. This compounded with teenage pressures of the social & physical nature can intensify your reactions to your adjusting lifestyle. 'Family Separation A Guide for Teens' aims to give teens some tips and help to understand and cope with what's going on around them.

The Child Support Agency (CSA) helps ensure children can rely on their parents for the financial and emotional support necessary for their well-being. They have more than 4000 staff across the country supporting around 1.5 million parents to transfer payments for the benefit of 1.2 million children. For more information about the CSA call 131 272 or visit:

Top ten things for teens to remember

1. You’re not alone. Around 11,000 teenagers are affected by family separation in Australia each year.

2. It’s not your fault. Nothing you said or did made your parents decide to separate.

3. It’s not your job to make things better for your parents. They are responsible for you, not the other way around.

4. Your parents are separating from each other, not you. Your father will always be your father and your mother will always be your mother.

5. You have the right to feel safe. If you don’t feel safe, talk to someone you trust. If you’re experiencing violence call the police.

6. You can still have a relationship with both your parents even if you don’t live with one of them any more. You can visit them or stay in contact with them by phone, email or letter.

7. You have the right to express your views and have them heard.

8. Relationships break down for a number of reasons. Don’t take sides or judge who is right or wrong, your parents’ relationship is between them.

9. It is a good idea to get two of the things you need every day, like a toothbrush, hairbrush or clothes so you don’t have to carry as much stuff when you travel between your parent’s houses.

10. It is okay to get help if you need it. Talk to someone you trust.

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