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Family Support

CFS Prevention Program: Our Mission

To strengthen families by utilizing community and personal support systems which contribute to the well-being of families and their children.

  • What is Prevention?

    • Support services to prevent children from coming into care
    • To reduce the risk of trauma that can be affected by neglect and abuse
    • To create a support system that prevents and works at a micro and macro level
    • The support system can be immediate working with at risk families, or one that works towards something where long term outcome is achievable (community development)
  • Prevention Program Goals

    • To build capacity at the agency level to promote the best practices and community driven services
    • Enhance planning options to youth so they could successfully achieve independence as adults
    • Ensure children and families live in a stable and safe environment by providing services in the community to keep children in their homes and community rather than coming into care
  • Prevention Objectives

    • Reach families at risk
    • Keeping children in homes with extended families
    • Helping families with addictions
    • Working with youth at risk
    • Suicide prevention services
  • Services provided

    • Parenting/life skills classes and public education workshops
    • Referrals/case planning
    • Support system based on client needs and case plan
    • Group work, sharing circles
    • Create and participate in community programming and service needs
    • Work with resources in the community and collaborate on planning for families and children
  • 3 ways to access services

    1. Self-referral – go to see worker and identify your needs
    2. Community referral – from the school, health center, and  concerned family members
    3. CFS referral – referred by MLTC child protection worker