Help Families Heal
Life can present many challenges to families. Relationships, employment and finances, children with exceptional needs can be a stress for the family. We help families overcome these challenges and create a path to adjustment and success.
Build Healthy Relationships
Healthy relationships are essential to well-being. We help vulnerable children to develop and maintain healthy relationships within their families and with their peers.
Develop Skills and Build Self-Confidence
We want all children to be successful. Albert Bandura, the famous social psychologist identified a characteristic of people which he called “self-efficacy”. This is a belief in oneself, that the goals you set for yourself can and will be achieved through persistence and effort. It is considered to be one of the most important characteristics that humans can develop.
Developing in children the self-confidence to set and achieve goals is fundamental to our approach. Whether it is math or reading, music or horse care, swimming or soccer we want children to develop skills. Through interaction with their environment and careful tutoring by our staff, children learn to develop many different skills. Our goal is a successful child filled with self confidence and a sense of personal efficacy.
When we get involved with a child we often find that the family may require additional assistance. This assistance can be in the form of a bed, transportation, equipment for recreation such as soccer. At times, there is a need to ensure ongoing safety and we may assist in special circumstances with a hydro or gas bill. At other times, a parent is unable to afford to take a parenting class. We assist with these situations.
Being in regular contact with these families we are able to assess their needs at a very specific level. Our counsellors and support workers are able to ascertain what is an actual need that will pay large dividends for the child. We call this fund the “Make a Difference Fund”. You can support this service by donating here.
This is the most fundamental requirement for children to develop and grow to be well adjusted adults who contribute to their communities is a nurturing environment within which to grow and develop. We know parents and other caregivers want the same and so we work with them to ensure they have the resources and skills to meet the needs of their children. The more stable and nurturing the living environment for the child, the more likely they will meet their developmental milestones.
Promote Success in School
One of the strongest predictors of adult success and adjustment is success at school. We directly promote success in school in several of our programs and indirectly in all of them. A child spend a great deal of his or her time in school and develops the habits and skills that will help them earn a living and form relationships. The more successful a child is in school the more likely they will be later in life.
Working hard is an ethic at The Children’s Foundation, however, we also want to work smarter. We keep on top of the latest research in the area of helping vulnerable children and their families to grow and develop. We are committed to finding answers. We wish to work with others in this regard. If you work for a an academic or research institution and are interested in helping, please contact us.
It takes funding to hire the professionals, maintain the facilities and fund the programs and services that make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children. Our efforts require that we work hard in this area so that no child is left with a lifelong legacy of poor adjustment in adulthood and reduced quality of life for our communities.