Family Support Program (previously Home Visitation Program)

Who do we serve?

Parents and guardians of children ages birth to 6

Becoming a parent can be one of the most exhilarating and happy experiences of our lives, but it can also be one of the most challenging! Many of us have additional challenges of not having family or friends living close by to rely on for advice or a break, and life can be complicated by other challenges that can make parenting harder.

We believe that all parents have strengths, knowledge, and skills, however, sometimes we can benefit from support.

  • Are you feeling concerned about your baby’s or child’s development or some of their behaviours?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed or struggle with confidence with parenting?
  • Do you feel isolated or are you living far from family or other support networks?
  • Have you experienced significant change or loss that may be impacting your feelings about parenting?
  • Are you and your partner ‘on the same page’ with parenting or are you finding it difficult to agree on discipline or other issues?
  • Are you or your partner experiencing physical or mental health concerns that make it difficult to parent the way you would like to?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, the Family Support Program may be for you.

Family Support Worker

The Worker will meet with you to discuss your concerns and needs and, with you, determine if the program is a fit or refer you to other resources. If you choose our program, some of the goals you may choose to work on could include:

  • Increasing you understanding of child development and ways to support the unique needs of your child/ children
  • Increasing your options for dealing with challenging behaviours your child engages in or dynamics between your children
  • Increasing yours and your partners understanding of co-parenting strategies and each other’s strengths in parenting
  • Increasing your connection to community supports, including other parents or caregivers of children
  • Increasing your access to systems and services that specifically address unique developmental challenges your child may have
  • Increasing access to services that support you in dealing with physical or mental health challenges of your own

The Family Support Worker may provide services to families on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. 

Family Relief Worker

For parents who are experiencing significant situational stress that requires they attend appointments or access support or care for themselves, and where they do not have family, friends or other childcare support available. This could include:

  • Postpartum depression and/or other mental health challenges
  • Significant physical health challenges
  • Complex family situations related to:
    • social isolation
    • intimate partner abuse
    • financial stress
    • other circumstances where the parent is unable to function in their normal role

Each situation is different and is assessed by the Family Support Worker. Access to the program is dependent on availability of the Family Relief Worker and the needs of the family. Childcare may be accessed no more than two hours per week to a maximum of 3 months.

For more information, please contact the Resource Centre at 403-851-2250 or fcss@cochrane.ca.