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