Treating families with respect
On Thursday, February 25, Accredited Supports to the Community, (ASC) Program Coordinator Lisa Sauve spoke with The Mail and explained the four different programs ASC provides to Drumheller and surrounding communities.
“Healthy Family program goals are to provide families, with children, ages zero to six, with positive learning parenting skills, to gain knowledge on resource available and to show them how to access the resources. Extenuating circumstances affect your parenting skills such as financial stress or parents with Alzheimers. ASC provides home visitation and will provide the information for programs available, such as day programs for adults with Alzheimers or daycare for children, in order to receive time for your own mental health needs.”
Sauve further said, “Parent and Child Assistance Program (PCAP) is a home visitation program dealing specifically with women suffering from substance abuse. Substance abuse comes from alcohol, street drugs or prescription drugs. They work directly with the parent to access resources available, such as rehab programs and addictions counselling. The main goal is to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and to keep the children within the family unit.”
Sauve continued, “A Little R& R program is a group respite program, for families with children dealing with FASD. The full day program operates out of Hanna and Three Hills and its goal is to assist families with parenting strategies and ideas to stimulate child development.
The last program explained by Sauve, “The Family Supports program provides community aid for children with developmental ability. They offer respite, behavioral support and resources to assist families.”
Sauve summarized, “We have highly skilled workers that meet the needs of the community and our main goal is to be respectful of the families with significant needs.”
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