The Challenges Program is a 3-5 month, flexible, family focused intervention for parents/ caregivers of children and youth aged 0-17. Workers meet with families in their homes to teach and model, for parents/caregivers, specific skills in behaviour management, conflict resolution, problem solving and advocacy.

Goals of the Program:

  • To improve parent/caregiver abilities and skills to effectively manage their child’s behavior
  • To keep children and youth in the home and out of the care of Peel Children’s Aid or other residential placement

Inclusionary Criteria:

  • Residents of Peel
  • Children and youth aged 0-17 yrs, and their families
  • Children/youth experiencing difficulties at home, school and/or in the community
  • Parents/caregivers expressing difficulty in managing their child’s behaviour
  • Parents/caregivers who agree to actively participate in the program
  • Parents/caregivers who prefer to have service offered in their home

Exclusionary Criteria:

  • Parents/caregivers who require, but are not receiving, support or treatment for mental health issues, marital conflict, or substance use issues

Referral Sources:

  • Peel Children’s Aid
  • Self-referrals
  • Community service providers

Referral Process:

Parents/caregivers can make a self-referral by calling at 905.451.4655. Partner organizations and AYSP staff working with clients who meet eligibility requirements can make a referral to the Challenges program via the Internal Transfer Protocol. Peel Children’s Aid workers forward referrals to the designated Peel Children’s Aid Supervisor. These are then sent to AYSP’s Intake Specialist. The Challenges Program Supervisor is available to answer any questions you may have regarding the referral process or program criteria.