Durham CAS is a leader in Ontario with our High Risk Infant Nurse program.
The program was established in 1997 with one nurse, and expanded over the years. We have four highly skilled nurses who are a great complement to our frontline staff.
The program enhances our ability to identify medical risks in infants. The nurses work with infants in the community as well as those in CAS care.
The expertise of our nurses address the specialized needs of infants.
Our nurses work with infants from birth to 18 months of age. They provide physical assessments and intensive monitoring for the high-risk infant living with his or her family or guardian.
Goals of the program include:
- Assessing the physical and developmental condition of the infant.
- Assessing the caretaking skills of the parents.
- Assisting parents through teaching, counseling and goal setting.
- Monitoring the physical and developmental needs of the infant.
The nurses provide a range of additional services, including:
- Supporting our Supervised Access Centre
- Supporting foster parents
- Training staff and foster parents
- Assisting other CASs to establish their own programs
- Assisting with our Health Clinic
- Collaborating with other community agencies to provide optimum care for infants in Durham Region