CTH Feature Stories

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Alberta’s Promise Partnership

At Closer to Home, our promise to Alberta’s children and youth is to provide family-centred, strength-based services to ensure that children have healthy and safe living environments in which to grow and develop. And, in some cases, when families are separated, we promise to provide a place for children and Read more

December 17th, 2013|

International Literacy Day – September 8, 2013

By Megan Watson, Volunteer Writer Sunday, September 8, 2013 is International Literacy Day. According to United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), literacy is a basic human right and the foundation of learning in all parts of the world. Increased education can help decrease poverty, ensure economic development, Read more

September 6th, 2013|

Giving Kids Some Space

Corporations help make-over teaching family home through Days of Caring Project By Milica Jankovic Imagine coming home to find your bedroom completely re-done, walls gleaming in your favourite colours and accented by decorations showcasing your hobbies and interests. Think how it would feel to see the freshly installed light fixtures, Read more

December 10th, 2012|

Closer to Home Kids Christmas Party

Closer to Home hosts Christmas party for foster kids By Jason Ronald For her it’s about giving, not getting. She sees Christmas as a time to remember the birth of Jesus, and to spend time with family. She is 16-year-old Emma*, and this year, like the previous two, she will Read more

November 19th, 2012|

When ‘Hello’ Means ‘Goodbye’ Too: The First Meeting (a Foster Family Story)

By Milica Jankovic The moment when a child arrives at a foster home is shrouded in chaos and uncertainty. “They turned the house upside down,” says Rufina Sleight, foster parent with Closer to Home (CTH), as she recalls the arrival of a set of twins that she first began fostering Read more

October 22nd, 2012|

October 2012 is Child Abuse Awareness Month

By Megan Watson "Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime." – Herbert Ward Child abuse exists within every community. Many people believe that child abuse only happens in poor, underprivileged communities and/or communities where drug and alcohol abuse are prominent. Although child abuse does happen in these Read more

October 22nd, 2012|

CTH Annual General Meeting 2012


October 22nd, 2012|

Exploring Common Myths About Autism

By Megan Watson “The most difficult part is not trying to fit them into our world, but trying to understand theirs.” -unknown Autism. When people hear this word, a certain image may come about; that of a person with social difficulties who keeps to themselves yet has an above average Read more

October 22nd, 2012|

Suicide Awareness and Prevention

By Andrew Torry Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in Canada. Every year about 3,500 people commit suicide across the country, hundreds of those within Alberta. Suicide is a vast public health problem that tragically impacts the lives of too many individuals and families. There is stigma Read more

September 11th, 2012|

International FASD Awareness Day

Closer to Home supports International FASD Awareness Day by Cheryl Hanley FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) describes the range of functional and physical disabilities resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure, and it is the leading cause of developmental and cognitive delays among children in Canada. Through our programs and services, staff Read more

September 8th, 2012|

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