Parenting/caregiving does not come with a handbook. It can be an exceptionally challenging job.
There are organizations, courses, and agencies which can help you with any concerns or questions you have about parenting.
McMan Central Family Resource Network
Locations: Drumheller Hub, Innisfail Hub, Lacombe Hub, Red Deer Hub, Rocky Mountain House Hub, Stettler Hub, and Wetaskiwin Spoke Services.
The programs focus on prevention and intervention services for families with children 0-18 years old.
For a description of services, please visit their website. The website also has a referral form.
Alberta Family Wellness Initiative- The Brain Story
The Brain Story offers an in-depth look into brain development. It touches on the long-term consequences of brain development. For more information, please visit the website.
Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre
Aspire is a charitable organization that works with families with children/youth who have special needs. They strive to give families hope. For more information about their services, please visit their website.
Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre
The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre offers no cost services for children, youth, and their families related to violence prevention and sexualized behaviour support. For more information about the programs listed here and our other services contact CASASC.
The Sexualized Behaviour Support Program (SBSP) provides counselling support to families, children, and youth (up to age 18) who are present sexual behaviour concerns or problems.
The Kinship Intervention Program (KIP) provides early intervention and a community-based approach to supporting Indigenous communities and their youth (ages 6-17) who exhibit sexualized behaviour concerns or engage in “sexual acting out.”
The Education Program provides a range of prevention education topics for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 on various topics related to violence prevention, skill-building, and healthy relationship development.
Canadian Mental Health Association
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) offers many programs for adults and children/youth. There are family support programs for supporting caregivers. CMHA offers programs for children and youth. For more information, please visit their website.
Catholic Social Services
Catholic Social Services has developed a course to help newcomer parents (of any legal status) adapt to parenting in Canada. This course is currently offered online. For more information, call or email email@example.com
Jody Carrington is a child psychologist based in Olds, Alberta. She has developed courses to help parents promote connection. For more information about her courses, please visit her website.
The Outreach Centre
Red Deer Outreach Centre – Serving Central Alberta (theoutreachcentre.org)
The Outreach Centre offers educational programs for children/youth and their families related to mental health, healthy boundaries, self-esteem, healthy relationships, and more. For more information, please contact the Outreach Centre or visit their website.
Schizophrenia Society of Alberta
The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta offers support groups for parents and caregivers of people with schizophrenia. There are groups for youth (aged 12-17) with a family member with schizophrenia. Additionally, they offer monthly educational speakers forums discussing a variety of topics. For more information, please contact them or visit their website.
SPARC Red Deer
SPARC focuses on asset building. Assets help to build resiliency. For more information or a list of the 40 Developmental Assets, please visit their website.