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The Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society Child Development Program

February 23rd, 2014

The Child Development Program at the Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society (FMFCS) has many different programs for children who have experienced any type of domestic violence, homelessness or trauma throughout their lives. Staff encourage the children to build confidence and secure relationships by teaching coping mechanisms and providing ongoing support, education and a sense of belonging in order to thrive and continue developing into healthy individuals.

Child Development Coordinators at the FMFCS help children cope and overcome any hardships and stress they may have endured.  There are two full-time and two part-time staff in Child Development In-Shelter, and one full-time Child Development Outreach Coordinator.  In-Shelter staff members provide programming to Unity House clients covering life skills such as: self-esteem, anger management, family dynamics, parent separation, healthy snacking and safety planning. Staff will take the children on outings to help normalize their experience at the shelter, as well as provide parent’s respite, so they can access programming for themselves. There are a number of groups for parents including Day Group, Evening Group, New Beginnings and Second Stage Housing Program.

The Outreach Coordinator provides education, life skills programming and support to mothers and children that have experienced domestic abuse throughout Fort McMurray and surrounding areas.  In addition to education and support, the Outreach Coordinator facilitates the Who Do You Tell ™ program in the schools, teaching children about sexual abuse at an appropriate age level and The Shaken Baby presentation for the Good Beginnings group at MacDonald Island Park.  Our Outreach Coordinator gathers up clothing and food donations to assist clients with fulfilling their basic needs.  All Child Development staff also facilitates The Children’s Project, which is an educational group on the impacts of trauma and domestic violence on a child’s brain development and works to strengthen the attachment bond between mother and child.

Our Child Development team is devoted to encouraging the children accessing the services of The Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society into mature, healthy, confident and well-rounded individuals.

For further information please call (780) 743-4691 Ext. 225, email fcs.cdo@shaw.caor

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