A quick re­sponse to help fam­i­lies in cri­sis

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Ma­gog

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.

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