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Family Support provides services to families in our community who have a family member with extra support needs.
Family Support is family driven which means there is a true partnership between the family and COCF. It is our desire to encourage and equip families to grow in resilience and capability.
About Family Support
The services are comprehensive, flexible, and individualized.
Services are provided on an as-needed basis with respect for the family’s culture, needs, values and preferences.
Services include Individualized Support, Sibshops, Parent Workshops, and Spring & Summer Funding for families.
The purpose of these services is to:
- Connect families with each other and with vital resources
- Equip families with skills and knowledge to promote resilience and well-being
- Educate families, and when invited, advocate for and with them to access community resources, organizations, and strategies to meet their needs
Developing a resource library/database is an ongoing project for us to support families in finding current, accurate and helpful information.
Referrals come directly from the family or from community partners such as social workers and school staff. Inquiries are always welcome.
Parent & Family Education
A variety of educational opportunities are available to parents or family members who are currently being served through the respite or family support program and/or have an active membership with Community Options. Workshops and seminars will be offered to members and open to public participation. The most recent workshop topic was “An Introduction to ACT” presented in collaboration with FIVE Behaviour Services. In summer and fall 2023, Community Options will host “Employment: the Gold Standard for Inclusion”, a presentation created by the Youth Success Strategy project in collaboration with the Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN) and funded by national partners.
Our Lending Library includes books for all family members. We have recently added a number of new titles on parenting (if a book can help with that!) and several young adult fiction selections that portray neurodiverse characters. The Coordinator recommends “As Simple as it Seems,” featuring 12 year old Verbena Colter, struggling to navigate life’s many complications, along with coping with the effects of FASD.
Events are organized for families to socialize, have fun, and make connections with other families.