Navigating the Child Welfare system can be challenging, so we also provide advocacy and support to families, and ensure that they have the services in the community they need to achieve their goals. Support is provided in groups or one to one interaction with our skilled staff members. There is no charge for our programs.
The Family Support Program in Prince George works with families who are involved, or at risk of involvement with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), or who are seeking support and information on parenting, life skills and self-help support. Family members do not have to have an open Family Support file to participate in any of our Family Support groups. Any Prince George families who wish to partake in our life skills programming are welcome.
We can provide referrals to numerous other CSFS programs or other services around the community. We also provide a wide variety of hands on training from a culturally relevant perspective in the areas of personal identity, child and parent attachment, parenting, effects of colonization, holistic wellness, goal setting, relationships, financial management, healthy lifestyles, relapse prevention and more.
Goal of the Program
The goal of the program is to help our clients acquire the skills and support they need to develop and strengthen family wellness. We assist families involved with Child Protection Services to develop and implement plans to address any concerns.
Parenting Groups offered in PG:
Parenting 1234 –This is a four-session certified program from Active Parenting. Come and share the joys of parenting toddlers, learn tools and helpful techniques. A lite snack is provided.
Parenting Now –This is a six-session certified program from Active Parenting is for parents to share the joys and challenges of raising 5 - 12 year old’s. Light snack is provided.
Growing Great Kids (GGK) –this is a strength and evidence-based parenting intervention and educational tool to support parents. Facilitators are able to: nurture, parental resiliency, enhance parent and family functioning, reduce toxic stress, develop parents’ problem-solving skills, and strengthen the families’ support network.
Nobody’s Perfect –This program is a facilitated parenting program for parents of children 0-5.
Parenting groups are offered on a rotating schedule. Contact Naomi at (250) 563-1281 to register for the next parenting group.
Life Skills/Adult Support Groups:
Women's Group –This open group runs Fridays 10am-12pm and is a drop-in group combining health activities and self-care. At lite breakfast is provided. This group is offered at CSFS -- 835 Third Avenue and facilitated by a Family Support Worker. Please contact Crystal Prince at (250) 563-1281 for further information
Food Skills for Families –This six-session group runs Thursdays 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at 835-3rd Ave. This is a closed, co-ed group offered to educate families to make healthy food choices. In this group participants learn about food and budgeting while making delicious meals. This group is offered in partnership with the Canadian Diabetes Association. Please contact Alice Compagnon at (250) 563-1281 for further information and to find out when the next Food Skills for Families group starts.
Anger and Stress Management - This a an 8-week group that coach’s participants to navigate through life’s daily stresses that can often lead to anger. Topics include: anger styles, anger without aggression, social supports, and how we cope.
PEACE - Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment (formerly Children Who Witness Abuse) is a 10-week program that provides a safe setting for children and youth to work through their emotions related to trauma they may have experienced. The PEACE counsellor provides psycho-educational programming, support, education and advocacy for children who have witnessed abuse, and provides emotional and parenting supports to parents.
Skills to Success - is a series of workshops that focus on a variety of topics like self-esteem, being assertive, improving communication skills, developing routines for the home and parenting children. Twice a year the workshops focus on meal planning, budgeting and cooking for a family on a budget. During the summer, families will have the opportunity to preserve food for the year ahead. Each group runs 6 weeks.
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