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The society offers crisis respite, planned respite & family support. The Crisis Nursery provides a 24 hr, 365 days/yr crisis nursery program for children 8 yrs & under. By offering a free respite service for parents during times of stress, the cottage helps prevent child abuse. Support is given by providing the children with shelter (up to 3 days), food, toys and clothing.A community respite program co-ordinates relief child care through the use of volunteer daycares and day homes. Respite workers provide in-home child support for tired, stressed and overwhelmed parents with babies younger than 6 months. Family support is provided through family liaison staff, who give in-home solution focused assistance. In addition, the society's involvement in the Region's Healthy Families program offers new parents information via the Invest in Kids parenting education model. Brenda's House is a re-housing program with a sheltering component aimed at supporting families toward independence and their own housing. The program houses up to 14 families at one time in a facility that is owned by the Brenda Strafford Foundation. While at Brenda's House, the Society and community agency partners work together to assist families to become permanently housed. Brenda's House opened its doors to families in February 2009. Children's Cottage is the operator of Brenda's House.
Safe Children in Healthy Families
Preventing harm and neglect to all children and strengthening families through crisis, respite and support services.