Youth Services

Family Support Program

The Family Support Program is an intervention program designed to address familial stress and to reduce the requirement for child protection intervention in those families who have been approved by the Family & Youth Support Services Screening Committee. The target population is children 5 to 12 years of age and at high risk of being removed from the family home by MCFD. The behaviours would be of severe nature, including being at risk to self or others and isolation. At the discretion of the screening committee services may be provided to children outside the set age-range.

Program objectives: improve family stability and increase functioning, foster effective social and behavioural skills in children, provide consultation with other professionals, assist children and their family/caregivers to access community supports and resources.

Duration: short-term (up to 3 months), goal-oriented , with desired outcomes relating to behavioural stability, overall improved family functioning and a lessening of risk of removal.

Referral criteria & process: M.C.F.D. priority (high risk of child protection intervention), community based (Ladysmith), voluntary, parental support, goals outlined by referring worker in discussion with the family. The Ladysmith Special Services Screening Committee would accept referrals from community agencies including schools, LRCA, MCFD (Child protections & CYMH) etc.

Eligibility will be decided on risk, goals and availability of workers.

*Please note: In some cases we may require written consent (from legal guardians of the child) in order to provide support services to the child/ren.

For more information about this program contact Maike at 250-245-3079 or email her directly.

Youth Program

This program operates on an outreach basis for youth between the ages of 13 to 18 who may be experiencing problems at home, in school, or are experiencing conflict in their lives.

What does a Youth Program Worker do?

  • Connects with local youth to ensure safety and well-being while supporting them to make positive choices and changes
  • Assists with emotional support for youth experiencing crisis situations and works to develop safety plans and resource referrals
  • Assists with connecting youth to basic needs and supports such as shelter, income assistance, health care and education, addictions counseling and other appropriate resources

Youth involved with the Youth Worker may be:

  • Living on or involved in street activities
  • Experiencing parent teen conflict
  • Using drugs and alcohol
  • Experiencing a crisis that may lead to high risk behaviors or situations
  • Have dropped out or been expelled from school
  • Have run away from home or caregivers
  • Involved in violent peer interactions (bullying)

The Youth Worker will take referrals from youth themselves, family, friends, teachers, and other service providers.

This is a confidential service that is provided free of charge. The Youth Worker’s hours are flexible in order to meet the needs of our clients.

Contact Cindy Warren at 250-245-3079 or email her directly.