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Children, Family and Community Service
Adoption Support, Information, and Referral Program
Counsellors are available to support and counsel birth parents and adoptive families seeking to explore their options. Families wishing to adopt are directed to community adoption resources.
Bridging the Gaps Continuing Education Program
A collaborative project with Grant MacEwan University that offers continuing education workshops for children's mental health practitioners in the Edmonton Area.
Counselling - Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
This confidential service allows employers to purchase a range of therapeutic counselling service and psycho-educational services for their employees and specified family members, through a contract with CSS. This service facilitates the identification and resolution of a wide range of personal problems that may be adversely affecting an organization’s employee productivity, including marital, family, work-related, substance abuse, and critical incident stress.
Counselling - Genesis II
Genesis II provides counselling and referral services to youth with substance abuse issues and their families.
Counselling - Individual and Family Therapy Program
This program provides therapeutic counselling to individuals, couples, and families by Clincal Social Workers or Registered Psychologists. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale and are confidential.
Counselling - Play Therapy Services Program
A trained play therapist uses the therapeutic powers of play to help children and families prevent or resolve psycho-social difficulties. The play therapist assesses the child’s play and uses it to help the child cope with difficult emotions.
Counselling - Premarital
This program provides confidential assessment, therapeutic and educational counselling services to heterosexual couples planning marriage.
Counselling - Psychological Assessment Program
This program provides a variety of psychological, psycho-educational, and neuro-psychological assessment services for children and adults. Services include assessments of behaviour, cognitive defects, adaptive functioning, emotional state, and academic skills.
Elder Abuse Intervention Team
Working from the Today Family Violence Help Centre and in collaboration with the Edmonton Police Service, the City of Edmonton Community Service, and the Victorian Order of Nurses, the team provides intervention, education, support, and referral services to older adults who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, abuse.
Elder Abuse Resource and Supports (EARS) Program
Tthis program provides support, assessment and referral, as well as information and presentations to elder adults who are at risk of being abused or neglected.
Family Based Interventions Program
This program provides in-home services to meet the family’s need for support, including parenting skills, problem solving skills, and building boundaries. The goals of this program is to help families create a safe home environment, prevent children from being taken into care, and eliminate behaviours which may place family members at risk.
Family Covenant Program
This program provides parent-centred, in-home services that focus on supporting parents to enhance relationships in the community and within their family by building on current strengths and values for all faiths and cultures.
Family Links Program (Kinship Care)
This program provides assessments, support, and training to extended family members or significant others who care for children and youth who have been apprehended from the parental home.
Family Living Program
This program offers professional psycho-educational workshops and courses that provide instruction and support on a variety of issues, including couples' communication, handling anger, setting healthy boundaries, overcoming depression, and building self-esteem.
FASD - Coaching Families Program
Coaching Families helps families learn about and respond to the needs of their children (up to age 18) who are affected by or are strongly suspected of being affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
FASD - First Steps Program
The First Steps Program offers mentorship to women who are at high risk of giving birth to a child with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). This includes women who are pregnant or who have recently given birth and have used drugs or alcohol during the pregnancy. Mentors work with women for 3 years.
FASD - McDaniel Youth Program
Provides mentorship supports to youth aged 14 to 19 years who are affected by FASD (Fetal Alcohol Specturm Disorder) to help them access community supports and make a successful transition into adulthood. Mentors work with youth for a period of up to 3 years.
FASD - Step By Step Program
Step By Step addresses the needs and issues facing mothers and fathers who have been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and who are parenting children (with or without FASD). Mentors work with families for 3 years.
Foster Care Program
This program recruits, trains, and provides support services to foster parents who are selected to care for children and youth, up to age 18, who are in need of protection and nurturing.
Group Care (Long Term) for Children/Youth with Disabilities
Long term group care is provided in community homes that focus on creating a “home-away-from-home” environment for children and youth with disabilities. Families are supported as their children are offered a stable, structured group care environment where they can develop adaptive skills, build positive relationships with their peers, and integrate as well as possible into community life. Through the teaching of life skills and the active collaboration of families, children/youth are supported t
Group Care for Children Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Group care treatment provided in a community home to help children affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) to increase their capacity to effectively manage social relationships, life skills, school participation, and community integration. Support services for the families of the children/youth are also provided, with the goals of family re-integration whenever possible.
Group Care for Children/Youth with Mental Health Concerns
Group care treatment is provided in community homes for children and youth whose primary concerns are related to mental health challenges (ie; Asperger’s Syndrome, attachment disorders, anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorders, etc). The primary focus of the program is to increase the capacity of these children/youth to effectively manage social relationships, life skills, school participation, and community integration. Support services are also provided for the family of these childr
Group Care for Sexually Reactive Children
Group care treatment provided in a community home for children involved in abuse-reactive behaviours. Individual service plans incorporate a risk assessment, the development of a safety plan, individual and group therapy, and psycho-educational group activities focusing on social skills and personal development. A clinical therapist is involved with each child, and supports are offered to the family.
Jasper Avenue Complex (JAC) Program
A housing option that serves as an additional resource for clients of Catholic Social Services for whom safe, affordable housing is an issue. JAC is a drug and alcohol free site and has live-in staff who provide supervision and support. The program also offers social opportunities to reduce isolation.
La Salle Program
La Salle is a second stage women’s shelter for mothers and their children who have left abuse and are transitioning from a front-line crisis agency. The program provides accommodation in nine furnished suites for up to a year. During that time clients receive support and counselling as they access educational, employment and training opportunities.
Miracle Fund and Academic Enhancement Program
Made available through the Children’s Aid Foundation of Ontario, the Miracle Fund provides up to $250 per applicant for disadvantaged children and youth who could not otherwise access items or opportunities to enhance their personal well-being.
Parent Teen Mediation Program
The Parent Teen Mediation program is an early intervention program that assists families who are experiencing conflict between parents and teens. With the aid of trained mediators, the family learns the necessary skills to deal with conflict before it becomes unmanageable. Based on understanding built in the sessions, agreements are created that will work for all family members.
Safe House is a voluntary, temporary residential shelter for youth who are at risk of sexual exploitation or who are being sexually exploited through their involvement in prostitution. This program provides a safe refuge for a maximum of 8 individuals where they can access residential support and services to facilitate the transition to healthy community living.
Safe House - Community Follow-Up Program (PSECA)
Provides follow-up community services for “at risk” youth identified under the Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act (PSECA). Outreach workers provide support, informal counselling, and facilitate the youth’s access to community resources as well as work with the youth through their accomplishments and relapses. This program is provided through a partnership between Catholic Social Services and Metis Child and Family Services.
Safe House Outreach Program
Outreach support services are provided to both “graduates” and previous clients of Safe House. Staff offer support, counselling, and advocacy, as well as facilitate client access to community resources. The program also offers prostitution awareness and one-to-one support to individuals and families affected by sexual exploitation.
Safe Passages Program
An extension to the Safe House and Safe House Outreach programs, Safe Passages provides independent, safe, and subsidized accommodations in designated apartments to “graduates” of either program. Clients tend to be young, single mothers who have a history of “at risk” behaviours including involvement in prostitution and are now transitioning into independence within the community. The outreach worker offers financial, emotional, community referal, and social support services.
A vocational program for persons with developmental disabilities who require additional behavioural supports.
Home Support Program for Adults with Developmental and/or Multiple Disabilities
This program recruits caring people/families (called providers) to give adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to live in private homes, which promote independence, quality of life, and assistance in developing daily living skills. The individual pays room and board to the provider and is a member of the household with equal rights and responsibilities.
The type of supports offered are based on the client's capabilities and desires and are offered in areas such as life skills,
This program provides residential care and support services for men and women living with HIV/AIDS.
Provides residential support services for seniors with developmental and/or multiple disabilities. Capital funding for this project was provided by the McDaniel Family Foundation and the Edmonton Housing Trust Fund.
Residential Programs for Persons with Developmental and/or Multiple Disabilities
This program provides residential support services to adults with developmental and/or multiple disabilities. These residential programs provide community living supports to individuals sharing accommodation in a group living arrangement.
Supported Independent Living Program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
This program provides outreach support to adults with developmental disabilities who are living in the community. Based on the individual's life goals and their abilities and desires, supports are provided by a Community Disability Counsellor to assist the individual to develop and/or enhance their life skills. This may include areas such as banking and budgeting, grocery and personal shopping, health and safety, coordination of social and recreation activities, volunteer and employment options,
Immigration and Settlement Service
Client Centred Pilot Project
This pilot project builds on the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) services delivered in the first six weeks of arrival in Canada to government-assisted refugees.
CORE Skills Program
This program provides training and on-the-job work experience in the health care industry for immigrants and refugees.
Cross Cultural Counselling and Outreach Program
This program provides specialized counselling, support, and outreach services to immigrants and refugees.
Cultural Links (formerly known as Host Program)
This program matches volunteers with newly arrived immigrants or refugees in order to link the newcomers to the community and help them feel they belong here.
Cultural Links for Youth
Cultural Links for Youth provides academic and social support for immigrant and refugee youth to help them integrate into the school and community.
Immigration and Settlement Volunteer Program
This program recruits, screens, orients, and places volunteers in various programs to enhance service delivery to newcomers.
Language and Vocational Assessment (LVA) Program
This program provides first-language literacy and/or English language level assessment using the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) tools. It also offers career and educational counselling, student financial information, and referrals to ESL programs.
Language Assessment, Referral, and Counselling Centre (LARCC)
Provides language and counselling supports for adult immigrants and refugees
Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Assessment Program
This program provides English language level and/or first-language literacy assessment as needed, using the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) tools, and referral to LINC language classes and/or other appropriate programs in the community.
Newcomer Children and Youth Program
This program provides support to immigrant and refugee children and youth. The programs offered are specifically designed to address the settlement and integration needs of newcomer children and youth and help them adapt to a new life in Canada.
Reception House Program
This program provides temporary accommodation and orientation services for newly arrived government-assisted refugees.
Resettlement Assistance Program
This program provides initial settlement services for government-assisted refugees within six weeks of arrival. This includes help with finding housing, banking, referral for health care services, registering children in school, making appointments for Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment, and initial information and orientation to living and working in Canada.
Settlement Counselling Program
This program provides information, referral, orientation, interpretation, translation, and supportive counselling to help immigrants and refugees settle and integrate into the community.
Temporary Foreign Workers Program
Temporary Foreign Workers and their families are supported with information and referrals, counselling, interpretation and translation services, and advocacy as they adapt to living and working in Alberta.
Youth Support/Homework Club Program
This program provides academic and social support for immigrant and refugee youth to help them integrate into school and the community.
Substance Abuse and Corrections Service
This program provides accommodation and support services to men and women with substance abuse issues.
Elpida House East
This program provides accommodation, supportive counselling, and support services to men on parole from federal institutions.
Elpida House for Women
This program provides accommodation, supportive counselling, and support services to women on parole from federal institutions.
Elpida House West
This program provides accommodation, supportive counselling, and support services to men on parole from federal institutions who have substance abuse problems as their primary concern.
This volunteer-based program provides companionship to individuals and families who have been housed by contracted Housing First agencies as part of Edmonton’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.