Linking Youth and Families

What is the Linking Youth and Families Program?

The Linking Youth and Families Program connects with teens and families experiencing high parent/teen conflict. The connection is made because without someone stepping in, it is likely the teen will be admitted to the care of the Halton Children’s Aid Society.

If the teen does go into care, the program supports the youth with discharge and the return to home.

Is the Linking Youth and Families Program right for your child?

Do the following apply? If so, the Linking Youth and Families Program might be helpful for you and your teen.

  • Is your teen 11-17 years old?
  • Is there high conflict between the parent/caregiver and the teen?
  • Is the teen at risk of going into the care of the Halton Children’s Aid Society?
  • Is your teen willing to work to stay within the family?
  • Is your teen willing to meet regularly with the family and a counsellor to discuss issues?
  • Do you as the parent/caregiver want to prevent your teen going into care?
  • Will you as the parent/caregiver work hard to keep the teen in your home or with other family members?
What is the focus of the Linking Youth and Families Program?

In this program, a counsellor steps in to listen to and address the concerns of both parent and teen. The counsellor works with the teen and the family to find solutions to the conflicts and to set reachable goals.

Counsellors will also help in finding and connecting the teen and family with other supports.

The goal is to keep the teen at home instead of going into the care of the Halton Children’s Aid Society.

Other program services include the following:

  • Parenting information sessions and education
  • Triple P parenting strategies
  • In-home support
  • Follow-up and support as required

WHERE







Where is the Linking Youth and Families Program located?


Linking Youth and Families services take place in the family home.








            
        

WHEN







When does the Linking Youth and Families Program take place?


The Linking Youth and Families Program operates throughout the year.








            
        

WHAT

What does the Linking Youth and Families Program cost?


There is no cost for the Linking Youth and Families Program.




            
        

HOW

How do I register a youth for the Linking Youth and Families Program?

For Referral to the program please contact:
Access and System Navigation at ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids)

Phone: 1-289-266-0036
Fax: 1-905-681-7477 *Mark Attention Access & System Navigation*

After a referral is made, one of the Linking Youth and Families Program staff will contact you to set up a meeting.

To contact the program directly or if you have questions please contact:

Jeff Truswell (Dipl A.A. (CYW), B.A., M.S.W., RSW), Program Manager at:
905-689-4727 x123

I enjoyed learning new tools and skills that were helpful in dealing with my daughter. Learning how to deal with stress with raising a teenage daughter.

Parent

Added some structure to our family life.

Parent

I liked having a person that would not judge me on my actions.

Youth

I liked the staff as they were nice and professional. The program is a good idea for struggling youth.

Youth