Child, Youth & Family Services
Family Development Program
This program is designed to increase child safety in families where a significant risk to the child’s physical, emotional, and/or psychological health exists. Services are provided predominantly in the home and in the community. Services include but are not limited to parent training, supervised access, advocacy, and systems navigation.
The Foundations Parenting Program is a 10-week course that runs on Saturday mornings 3 times a year. The program supports families that may benefit from this program and have children between the ages of 0-6.
Children and Youth With Special Needs
This program supports children and youth under the age of 19 who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability or a disorder under the Autism Spectrum. Individual and group services are available and program staff also support families to identify the developmental needs of their children/youth, implement behavior support strategies to improve daily living, strengthen communication skills, and access community services that may be helpful to the child/youth and family.
The Youth Services programs encompass Youth Protection and Youth Guardianship. Services for protection referrals focus on skill development for youth/parent(s)/ caregivers to help strengthen the family. Guardianship services also feature skill development, but these are focused almost exclusively on referred youth. With older youth, employment, housing, and independent living often become key areas of focus.
Mental Health Outreach
The Mental Health Outreach Team (MHOT) supports children and youth who struggle with significant emotional and mental health issues. Referred children and youth typically engage in high-risk behaviours in one or more life domains (i.e. home, school, community). Parents often struggle to find the best ways to support their child/youth. Services include individual counselling, parenting support, family work, collaborative community planning, and case management.