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Although bullying affects the majority of Canadian children, it is not a normal part of growing up. If you notice bullying, you must get involved and teach children how to connect with people in healthy ways. What should you do if you suspect or know that your child is being bullied? Talk to your child: Ask your child directly how others treat…


Healthy Relationships

April 20, 2017

Relationships, whether they be with friends, family, co-workers or romantic partners, are an important part of leading a healthy and fulfilling life. Some relationships help bring out the best in you, while others may leave you feeling hurt, angry, or insecure. Healthy Relationships is a group for women experiencing challenges in relationships. It will help you enhance your well-being by showing…


Blended families are more common than ever as people with children connect with new partners after divorce or separation. Blended families will likely face more challenges—whether it’s complicated schedules, sibling conflicts, parenting styles, or issues with ex-partners. One of the biggest challenges that blended families face is the issue of step-parents bonding with their step-children. Our Community-Based Mental Health Therapist,…


We all struggle with life’s ups and downs. Usually, most of us can handle the pitfalls that life throws our way by developing strategies to work through our everyday, ordinary worries. However, when things get a little more challenging, many people seek support from a therapist. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma and myths attached to therapy. How do you…


How to improve early childhood development for a poverty-free future in Edmonton? That was the challenge at BarnRaise, a conference that brings together community organizations, design facilitators, and participants to collaborate and create viable solutions to social problems. Our team’s specific challenge was to develop a prototype for young mothers to document their personal stories in creative and positive ways. After…


Kudos to our success coach Matt Wiebe, who won an Edmonton Public Schools’ district recognition award along with the mental health collaborative team at Lillian Osborne high school. “Thanks to the Mental Health Collaborative team, the dialogue around mental health has shifted and our students and staff speak with renewed empathy and courage,” say Lillian Osborne teaching staff Davey Thompson and…


Children & chores

March 1, 2017

Why have children do chores? Helping around the house provides children an opportunity to master skills they will need all their lives. They will learn skills such as setting a table, organizing a room, and preparing meals. All the basic skills of daily living can be learned by helping out at home. Chores give children something productive to do. We have all…


We all have misunderstandings and communication blunders with our partners, no matter how happy the relationship is. Here are six tips for improving communications and your relationship with your partner. 1. Schedule time with each other Set aside a certain amount of time each week to spend together and have this time free from interruptions (put those phones away!) so that…


An encouraged child has the courage to try, to learn from mistakes, and be comfortable with others and themselves. This sense of hope and confidence will be with the child as they approach life and its frustrations. Misbehaviour is decreased because the child is motivated to contribute and has a positive sense of self. To encourage your child, try these…


We were thrilled to learn that a family that we have been supporting won the ‘Kinship Family of the Year’ award for Child and Family Services Region 6 (Edmonton). The family includes Dorothy and her grandchildren, siblings Lisa and Jordan. Dorothy has been Jordan’s caregiver since he was 8 months old - he is now 14. Dorothy is fiercely dedicated…


The Alberta government is settling a class-action lawsuit involving people who were formerly in the provincial child intervention system. Under the terms of the settlement, people who were previously under government guardianship, subject to a permanent ward ship order or permanent guardianship order by Alberta Child Welfare between July 1,1966 and February 19, 2008, or a temporary guardianship order by…


While many people look forward to the holiday season, there are many who dread it—whether it be because of a recent loss, family problems, or feelings of isolation. With the holidays around the corner, here are some tips on how to keep your mental health in check. 1. STRESS: Know your limits. Whether you’re hosting dinners or attending them, be realistic about…


The Family Centre is part of Edmonton’s Neighbourhood Empowerment Team (NET), along with the City of Edmonton Community Services, Edmonton Police Service, and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region. This week our Andrew Pahl will be co-presenting with Sergeant Graham Blackburn from EPS and Kris Andreychuk from the City of Edmonton at the annual Problem-Oriented Policing Conference in Arizona.…


Tannis, our success coach at an Edmonton school, and Sarah, our youth liaison, noticed that more and more students were hungry. A survey confirmed those suspicions: 20% of students said they were coming to school hungry all or most of the time. As they understood how hard it is to learn and focus on an empty stomach, they wanted to help.…


Back-to-school season can be stressful and hectic—key parts of your child’s day such as eating a nutritious lunch can be easy to overlook. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of tips to help your transition to the new school year be as smooth as possible!Tip #1: Practice post-grocery proactive-ness. Mornings can be hectic—especially with trying to get kids out the door…


The Family Centre had the wonderful opportunity to work with 780Film—an Edmonton-based, student-run film project that aims to provide local non-profit organizations with high-quality, creative videos. The U of A students, Jordan and Kennedy, provided us with this great video promoting our parenting workshops.


2016 Annual Report

July 26, 2016

The Family Centre prides itself on being a place where innovation can flourish. We have worked tirelessly over the past year to continue to actualize our mission: to foster healthy families in healthy communities. Posted here is our annual report outlining some of what The Family Centre has been working on through 2015 and 2016. Annual Report 2016


On behalf of The Family Centre’s Board of Directors, we welcome our 9th CEO Pauline Smale to her new position. The Board has given careful consideration to the strategic leadership required to innovate and deliver outcome based services, as well as progressively manage the dynamics of a non-profit organization and have the utmost confident in Pauline’s ability to meet and…


As The Family Centre is a United Way member agency, our employees experience the positive impact that United Way has in our community firsthand. Each year we run a United Way workplace campaign. This year’s theme was “You Make a World of Difference”, which reflects the incredible work we all do as we build stronger communities together. Thanks to the generosity of…


The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) is a multi-disciplinary initiative that connects early brain and biological development and children’s mental health with addiction research, prevention, and treatment. The AFWI seeks to translate current research into sound policy and practice on behalf of Alberta families. For more information please click here.


Circle of Support

July 26, 2016

United Way, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), Region 6 Child and Family Services, The Community Foundation, Edmonton Public Schools, B&GBigs, E4C and The Family Centre have come together to support students, caregivers and communities to ensure long term success for all students. The Circle Of Support is one arm of this collaboration that brings various professionals working in schools,…


The Way In

July 26, 2016

The Way In Program is an innovative partnership between Edmonton Public Schools, Alberta Health Services: Mental Health & Addictions, B&GBigs, Kids Up Front and The Family Centre which supports teens and their families to create brighter futures. This program works with teens and families to build on their strengths, deal with issues, and get involved in activities that help them…


Strengths-Based Parenting Insight is a free bi-monthly newsletter blog that provides parents with valuable information, tools and resources for raising resilient kids. Click on the button below to access the blog. To download the Strengths-Based Parenting Insight brochure, click here.


Drop-in counselling for individuals, couples and families at no-cost in multiple locations


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Annual Report 2014/2015


Resource guide for Edmonton LGBTQ youth