Family Preservation & Reunification
This program is a home-based, multiple component intervention designed to maintain children and youth safely within their own homes, or to facilitate reunification after out-of-home placements. Referrals are through Ministry for Children and Family Development. Support is goal oriented and time limited (ideally 6 months). It offers counselling and life skills training, access to concrete services, and links to informal supports, as well as presenting parenting and problem solving techniques. Services include supervised access and parent education groups which provide skill building for parents and children.
This is an open access service offering short term (up to three months) solution-focused counselling and parenting education for families experiencing difficulties with children or youth.
Support to Foster Care
Program provides support and training for MCFD foster homes, to sustain placement and enhance the ability of the foster care providers to deal with a variety of situations and behaviours. Issues, challenges and supports needed for foster parents are identified through collaboration with the MCFD Resource worker. Regular contact is maintained through home visits, emails, phone calls and training opportunities. Support is identified and defined by the foster parent’s unique needs and delivered through one to one behavioural support, resource sharing, advocacy, promoting networking and therapeutic “venting”. An education and support group is offered monthly. Recreational and Family Fun events are offered throughout the year.
Parents Together is an ongoing drop-in education and group support program for parents of teens. Once or twice each year Parenting Without Power Struggles, an education and support group, is offered to parents of pre-teens. Both groups provide support, information, and skill development.