Family Support Program
The Family Support Program promotes the well being of children in their homes, and assists in the reintegration of children to their families.
Goals of the program include:
- Developing the family’s parenting and life skills.
- Improving caretaker skills through teaching, counselling, goal setting and action plans.
- Enhance the functioning of the family.
- Providing the most appropriate intervention plan to help the child, and ensuring his/her safety.
- Successfully maintaining the child/children at home.
- Successfully reintegrating the child/children into the family.
Criteria for involvement:
- Children must be between the ages of 2 and 16 years.
- At least one parent must be motivated and willing to work with the family support workers.
- The parent(s) must show a desire to plan for their child/children’s return to their care.
Role of the Family Support Worker
The Family Support worker works with the child and the family for a brief time period (up to 16 weeks). This will include assessing child management practices.
The worker, along with family members, identifies concerns of the family, and sets up an intervention plan that is goal-oriented and solution focused.
The worker will also refer families to appropriate services in the community, and advocate for them as needed.
The program helps us plan for children in care with their own families in a way that is guided by the goals of permanency and stability.