What is the Strengthening Families Program?
Strengthening Families Program promotes mutual skill building between a caregiver and child meant to empower, engage and encourage participants. We provide families with "tools for their toolbox".
Activities and material address:
building positive relationships
community & school involvement
bonding & attachment
WHAT TO EXPECT?
We provide a safe, inclusive space to welcome families.
Attendance is voluntary and there is no cost to participate.
Families must complete an intake process before being accepted into the program.
There are prizes and incentives for attendance. Transportation and meals are provided, and support for babysitting is possible.
Every group is lead by a diverse team consisting of peers, elders and teachers.
Counselling is available for free to any participant upon request.
Programs consist of 14 units, and are for caregivers and their child. There are programs designed for children ages 7-11 or youth ages 12-16. Both the caregiver and child/youth must attend together - this program requires partnership.
All families who complete the program will receive a certificate.
Tara Switenky manages the Strengthening Families Program, and Danielle Bear is the Caseworker for SFP families.
SFP also employs a group of facilitators, elders, baby-sitters and peer mentors who are utilized for family programming.