Supporting Children and Families

Sometimes when you and your children are struggling, the road ahead can seem confusing and intimidating. When you begin to reach out for help it may feel as if you are struggling to put the pieces of a puzzle together. Through counselling, information, referral, service coordination and advocacy we can help you begin to solve that puzzle. At Family Counselling Centre we are ready to assist you as you sort out what you and your children need, and to support you to work toward positive change.

Brief Trauma Work

The Brief Trauma Work program provides counselling services to male and female victims of sexual assault up to age 18 and to their families.

The program provides immediate access to skilled professionals using crisis intervention strategies designed to:

  • Reduce the long-term impact of the abuse on the child; and
  • Assist the parent(s) in establishing responses to their child’s needs

There is no fee.  The program is funded by the Bluewater Health Sexual Assault/Domestic Assault Treatment Centre.

Kids on the Block

Through the use of life-sized puppets and volunteer puppeteers Kids on the Block (KOB) provides community education, primarily in local schools, about:

  • Developmental disabilities;
  • Substance abuse;
  • Childhood Obesity;
  • Head injury safety; and
  • Sexual abuse prevention.

There is no fee for this service, which depends entirely on fundraising and donations for financial support.

STARRting Point

STARRting Point provides information and referrals for all children’s services in Lambton County and provides a single point of access for all children’s residential placements.

Funded through the Ministry of Health and Long term Care (MOHLTC), STARRting Point helps families take advantage of more than one program that the community has to offer and helps those with complex needs develop a coordinated plan for the services they require. There is no fee for this service.

Children’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Respite

The Ministry of Children, Community & Social Services (MCCSS) funds this program which provides temporary relief for the physical and emotional demands involved with caring for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or enhances the respite services that families may already receive.

With these funds, families are able to purchase respite services from either a local service provider or an individual recruited by the family to provide respite services.

Supervised Access

Funded in part by the Ministry of the Attorney General, this service provides a safe, neutral, child-focused setting for visits or exchanges between a non-custodial parent and the children. Referrals to the program come through Court Orders, Third Party Referrals or through self-referrals. This is a sliding-scale fee for service program based on income.

Although preferred, you do not need a Court Order to attend.

For more information about these or any of the services we offer,
contact us at 519-336-0120