Family Connections

The Family Connections program is an intensive outreach program designed to help stabilize families in times of crisis. It is a short-term intervention lasting approximately 8-10 weeks, for children and youth aged 0-17 and their caregivers.

Goals of the Program:

  • To help stabilize families in times of crisis
  • To reduce the need for placement of children/youth out of the home into the care of the Peel Children’s Aid or other residential placement
  • To improve family relationships
  • To help families/caregivers become effective at managing current and future crises
  • To strengthen families’ informal and formal networks of support

Inclusionary Criteria:

  • Residents of Peel
  • Children/youth aged 0 – 17 yrs
  • A child/youth experiencing mental health issues as demonstrated by externalizing and/or internalizing behaviours
  • A child/youth at risk of requiring more intrusive/long-term care and/or services
  • Families in which a child/youth is at imminent risk of out-of-home placement or is being reintegrated into the family home from placement
  • Parents/caregivers who voluntarily agree to participate in this family-focused intensive program

Exclusionary Criteria:

  • Children/youth who are actively suicidal, homicidal or in need of crisis stabilization
  • Parents/caregivers who require, but are not receiving, support or treatment for mental health issues, marital conflict, or substance use issues
  • Parents/caregivers who are in need of immediate crisis stabilization

Referral Sources:

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

Referral Process:

Parents/caregivers can make a self-referral by calling WhereToStart.ca at 905.451.4655.

Partner organizations and AYSP staff working with clients who meet eligibility requirements can make a referral to the Family Connections 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 Family Connections Program Supervisor is available to answer any questions you may have regarding the referral process or program criteria.