Newsletter Archive


Here are some tips that might alleviate some fears for your child as they begin the transition into a new school year.


Dylan’s Story

August 23, 2017

Before coming to live in our Caspian reunification home in January 2016, Dylan lived at home and struggled with his mental health and issues around being transgender.


 Talk to any busy mom or dad, and you know that raising a family can be a challenging undertaking. We usually develop our family structure based on how we were raised. It’s often referred to as our “normal” and the only thing we know. These behaviors may or may not contribute to creating a healthy and loving family.


Trevor’s story

July 25, 2017

Vince and Leona had last seen their grandson Trevor when he was 12 years old and visiting them in Ontario during a summer break. After that visit, Vince and Leona had tried to keep in touch with their grandson in Edmonton through Skype. Each time they were told Trevor wasn’t...


When you are trying to encourage and teach good behaviours for your child, it’s better to focus on the positives. The more loved and understood your child feels, the easier it is to manage their behaviour. Here are 8 practical tips: When you are trying to encourage and teach good behaviours...


Martina’s Story

June 21, 2017

In the fall of 2016, Martina, a mother of two, was not in a good place. "My son was incarcerated, and it was very hard for me. I became depressed and closed off. The principal at my daughter’s school noticed that I wasn’t doing well and asked if I’d like...


We sent the following letter to the Child Intervention Panel on behalf of the eight Edmonton community Collaborative Service Delivery (CSD) lead agencies and Edmonton Area Child and Family Services. May 30, 2017 On behalf of the eight Edmonton community Collaborative Service Delivery (CSD) lead agencies and Edmonton Area Child and Family...


 Stress is a part of our everyday life. We can experience "good" stress (such as getting married or beginning a new job) or "bad" stress, such as losing a beloved pet.  Human beings are designed to respond and react to stress as a survival strategy. Our bodies naturally respond to stress...


By Karin Hitchcock, B. Ed., M. C. Community-Based Mental Health Therapist Are you and your partner arguing more? Do you feel unappreciated for the things you do in the relationship? Are you constantly feeling like you need to defend yourself? Do you both withdraw and refuse to talk? You’re not alone. Many...


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...