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Kinship, Parenthood and Filiation: Crucial Questions for the Future of our Children and our Societies

Renée Joyal

The recent emergence of unusual family situations and calls for their recognition entails a re-evaluation of the concepts of parent, parenthood and filiation. What is filiation? What meaning should it hold? And how does « parent » differ from « filiation »?* As for parenthood, how does that fit in with the notions of « parent » and « filiation »? The present text considers these questions from the child’s standpoint. It provides a picture of the realities and tendencies that are attached to the subject in the western world, and more particularly in Canada.