Following initial involvement with families in the Intake and Assessment unit, families are provided services by the Family Services Unit. The Family Services Unit provides both short term and long term work with children and families requiring child protection services.
Services provided by the Family Services Unit include:
- developing a collaborative service plan with families;
- meeting regularly with children and families;
- advocating for services; and
- assisting families to access needed services.
Collaboration with community services providers is an essential part of the work of the Family Services Unit.
Community Based Child Protection Program
On April 1, 2006 a collaborative community partnership was established between Our Kids Count, Confederation College Child & Family Centre and Dilico Family Preservation Service with a goal to provide enhanced family support programming on site at the June Lendrum Family Resource Centre located on the main floor of the 24 unit Apartment Building. The CAS was invited to join in this innovative program and as such, a unique community based Child Protection position was developed and implemented in June 2006. The CAS is considered to be an extended partner of this program in addition to Thunder Bay Non Profit Housing and Ontario Works.
This program enables the agency to carry out child protection intervention through the provision of a collaborative community based model that aims to address the service needs of single parents and their children who reside within the apartment building and/or who utilize the parenting services and support programs of June Lendrum Family Resource Centre.