Our Family Support Program offers specialized services to support the mental health and well-being of the entire family unit throughout their caregiving journey.
Siblings Connect is an opportunity for siblings of kids accessing services at The Darling Home for Kids to build relationships with each other. The purpose of this group is to connect with other siblings in a relaxed and recreational setting through games and discussion-based activities facilitated by our registered Social Worker. Our goal is for siblings to develop healthy peer supports and feel more prepared to handle stressful situations. Siblings Connect offers support to two age groups:
- Juniors (8-11 years)
- Seniors (12-16 years)
Parents Connect is a series of drop-in style groups facilitated by our in-house registered Social Worker for parents and caregivers of children accessing services at The Darling Home for Kids. The purpose of these groups is to help parents build relationships with each other and openly share their thoughts and feelings while also sharing resources and providing peer support. The program is geared towards the parents and caregivers of three age demographics:
- Preschool Age (0-6 years)
- School Age (7-14 years)
- Transitional Aged Youth (15-18 years)
Transitional Aged Youth Support Program
The Transitional Aged Youth Support Program is for children and their families who are aging out of The Darling Home for Kids into adulthood. In this program, parents receive one-on-one transition planning from our Social Worker, and have the opportunity to participate in a Parents Connect group exclusively for families with kids age 15+ to focus on discussing resources in the community. Children aging out participate in a special “send-off” activity crafted by our Recreational Therapist and receive a keepsake from the Home with signed messages from our Staff.
Grief and Bereavement Program
The Grief and Bereavement Program offers individualized support to our families and staff. When a family enters our end-of-life program, our in-house registered Social Worker provides counselling support and service navigation. After a family leaves, the Social Worker can continue to provide counselling as needed, or refer to outside agencies. For staff, our Social Worker will host debrief sessions after a child’s passing, and organize events that staff can participate in, such as celebrations of life. This allows staff to have open dialogue in a safe space, while learning important strategies to support each other and cope with paediatric loss.
Ongoing Support Services
Comprehensive services are offered to all of our families with our in-house registered Social Worker, including an intake process, individual and group counselling and service navigation assistance. We are also there for our families in times of transition and crises, offering emotional support and healthcare navigation as needed.
Contact Serena Goel, our Social Worker to learn more about our Family Support Program.