The Caroline Families First program is an exciting collaboration between the Caroline Family Health Team in Burlington, local pediatricians, Parents for Children’s Mental Health and ROCK. Developed as a new model of care, this program is designed to improve how services work together for children and youth with significant mental health challenges and their families.
Care Coordinators and Family Support Provider teams work closely with each family to achieve their unique goals, advocate for their family’s needs, and help to develop a network of supportive, community relationships.
Staff teams are co-located in primary care settings in order to support physicians in their practice. The initiative is jointly funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, and represents an innovative partnership between community-based mental health and primary care providers.
C-FOSP services are available to infants and children residing within the Halton Region and enrolled in a licensed childcare centre (not yet eligible for full-day kindergarten) or attending a licensed before and after school program (up to age 12).
C-FOSP services include:
- Behaviour Consultation and Support
- Psychology Services
- Therapy Services
- Occupational Therapy Consultation
Danielle’s Place provides prevention and early intervention programming in order to best support those up to age 17 struggling with disordered eating.
ROCK is the EarlyON Child and Family Centre for the Burlington Community.
EarlyON offers a variety of programs and services for you and your family in several locations throughout Burlington. Children up to age 6 and their parents/caregivers take part in programs together.
EarlyON Centres are open to all families in Ontario. They’re welcoming places that offer a range of services:
- Fun activities and children’s programs
- Advice from professionals trained in early childhood development
- Find out about other family services in your community
- Connect with other families with young children
All EarlyON programs are offered free of charge. No registration required.
ROCK has been part of a coalition of organizations to develop the Family Engagement Initiative in Halton Region known as Halton Families for Families. The goal of the Family Engagement Initiative is to create a place for families who have been impacted by a child or youth’s mental health challenges to come together in supportive and meaningful discussions and to create a growing, caring network of families.
Family experiences and expertise are a vital component of improving services in the mental health sector. Together, we can ensure that children, youth and families in Halton continue to receive high quality mental health services and support that are accessible, timely, meaningful and family-centered.
Contact Darlene Wierski-Devoe, Family Engagement Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
The Halton FASD Collaborative consists of dedicated professionals and parents who represent 31 Halton-based service agencies. ROCK is a proud member of this collaborative. Our mission is to respond to the unique needs of children, youth, adults (birth to 24 years) and their families affected by FASD in Halton Region ensuring that FASD can be identified early and that residents of Halton who are living with the effects of FASD and their families/caregivers receive the support they need to live satisfying lives.
Intergenerational Trauma Treatment Program
A three-phase program for caregivers and families of children who have experienced an event or situation that has had an emotional impact on them, such as a separation from their caregiver, illness, loss, accident, violence, or a family break-up. The program is designed to help parents/caregivers and their children understand, cope with and resolve the impact of trauma on their child and family.
Reach Out Program For Schools (ROPS)
ROPS is a community-based mental health program that provides counselling and family support services to students within a flexible framework to best suit students and families. Counsellors can meet where appropriate with scheduling that best meets the needs of the family and student. Also, students who are eligible for this service do not need to attend ROCK’s Walk-In Clinic. Referrals for ROPS must come from the School Social Worker.
This program works within the community to empower people and to help build skills in adults and children who are at risk for mental health problems. There are locations at Burloak and Warwick-Surrey housing developments.
The PAH! program is a partnership between ROCK and the Bob Rumball Canadian Centre of Excellence for the Deaf. PAH! provides confidential, family-centred care where everyone is treated with respect and dignity and the services are collaborative and strength-based.
The specialized services for Deaf and hard of hearing clients takes into consideration the unique cultural and linguistic needs of the people we work with.
To facilitate access and communication, services are provided in American Sign Language (ASL), and English. The team consists of both Deaf and hearing staff members. The team utilizes ASL/English Interpreters, Spoken Language Interpreters as well as Deaf interpreters.
Partners In-Centre Support Programs
The Positive Space Network is a network of community social service agencies and local businesses working together to create safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ communities.
PSN runs LGBTQ+ youth support groups across Halton. They are also developing peer-reviewed certification so that agencies can be confident in their ability to provide an environment for LGBTQ+ staff and clients to thrive.
PSN’s Program Coordinator is available to assist you by providing supportive resources, speaking with your youth and family clients about LGBTQ+ issues and referring youth and/or caregivers to drop in programs. Jess is officially based out of ROCK’s Oakville office, though her role has her travelling around Halton Region.
Youth Aiding Youth (YAY)
Youth Aiding Youth (YAY) is a community-based program operating in the Region of Halton, sponsored byROCK. The goal is to match volunteers, aged 16-24, on a one-to-one basis with younger children, aged 6-12. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for special relationships between these children and volunteers that will enrich and promote healthy growth and development, while providing the child with a ‘special friend’ and role model. The program offers volunteers a chance to develop leadership skills, receive valuable training in human relations and communications, and provides them with an opportunity to volunteer in the community.