Family and Youth
Family Outreach and CYMH (Community Youth Mental Health) Aboriginal Development Clinician
The Urban Family Outreach program provides support and services to families in the Penticton area. In addition, we provide a variety of programs that serve to assist families wanting to enhance both healthy parenting and essential life skills. Aboriginal Child & Youth Wellness Program is a free service for all aboriginal children and youth in the South Okanagan. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of life of children and youth struggling with mental wellness concerns through delivery of holistically oriented supports and services.
The ROOTs program is a referral based program from The Ministry of Children and Family. It’s goal is to connect youth with their aboriginal ancestry and provide cultural plans for foster parents and/or adoptive families. The plan assists caregivers to be culturally sensitive to the needs of the youth in their care. providing a cultural plan/binder with all the contact information that will make a connection with biological families and First Nation communities easier for youth when they are ready to do so.
Foster Parents Support Program
The Foster Parent Coordinator is a liaison between The Ministry of Children and Families (MCF) and foster parents who provide care for aboriginal youth. Foster parents can access the coordinator for support when meeting with MCFD. The coordinator can provide a list of programs and services in the community which may help with building and maintaining a relationship with youth.
Family Support Worker
The Family Support Worker works closely with School District 67 and community personnel in providing service to Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) children and youth who attend schools in SD67 and their families through an integrated service delivery model.
General duties includes:
- Facilitates and/or assists with the coordination of referrals of Aboriginal students/families to appropriate District resources or community agencies.
- Participates in case consultation with professionals involved with the students/families – e.g. teachers, principals, school counsellors, Aboriginal Education Program staff, community and Aboriginal agencies.
- Acts as an advocate for Aboriginal students and families
- Delivers support within the school setting and through home visits, particularly in situations where families may have difficulty in accessing services available away from home.