A quick response to help families in crisis
Since January 2013, a new program called CAFE Estrie (Crise-AdoFamille-Enfance) is available for families in crisis with children 6-17 years of age. A regional coordinator, working out of the CSSS Memphrémagog, oversees the program’s operations. Fifty families in crisis have already received help as of June 30th, 2013 but a lot more families throughout the region need help and they don’t know that this program exists.
A new brochure aimed at families in crisis in the Estrie region has recently been made available. The brochure will be sent to over 100 organisations throughout the region.
Certain parents in the Estrie region feel overwhelmed by the problems they are experiencing with their children: violence, drugs, threats, running away. Often these parents feel alone, powerless, isolated, not knowing about resources available for them and their family. When parents are unable to resolve problems, conflicts increase resulting in the family no longer functioning normally. These
parents often need support, especially in moments of family crisis, in order to find solutions that can avoid a deterioration of the situation, a family breakup or placement of the child.
It is within this context that the seven CSSS of the Estrie region have put into place the program Crise-Ado-FamilleEnfance (CAFE). This intervention program is a priority for the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux and it is a program that has been proven to reduce the number of reports to and placements with the Youth Protection Services.
A professional comes to the home within a maximum delay of 2 hours. Professionals are available every evening of the week to help at the time of crisis. Using the crisis to mobilize the family, the professional assures an intensive follow-up for 6-12 weeks, 2-3 times a week in the home. The program works in collaboration with many different partners including the various police detachments and the Centre Jeunesse Estrie.
We are moved by the pain of families who are in crisis. No family is beyond experiencing such problems. We would like to send a message to all of these families that you are not alone. The program Crise-Ado-Famille-Enfance is now available everywhere in Estrie to come to the aid of families in crisis. We encourage families who are in the midst of a crisis to call without hesitation or delay the CSSS of their territory. Let us work together to support families in difficulty by making known this program and by encouraging those we know who are in difficulty to ask for help in order to find hope and a better family situation.