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Top Reasons I Know I’m Ready to Be a Foster Parent

Are you thinking of becoming a Foster Parent? Here's how you'll know that you might be ready: 1. I have talked with my family about what it means to be a Foster Family and we are all supportive of it. 2. I understand that a child may only be in my Read more

October 18th, 2018|

How Can I Be an Effective Advocate for My Child During Parent/Teacher Interviews?

At my child’s parent/teacher interview at school, I received some information that I wasn’t expecting.  How can I be an effective advocate for my child during the next parent/teacher interview? As a parent and foster parent myself, I understand how it can be surprising to hear information about your child Read more

October 18th, 2018|

Viewpoints: Preventing Crisis with Mental Health Support

As mental health continues to be an important and popular topic in the media and popular culture, the staff in our Viewpoints program hope to continue connecting with youth in Airdrie to facilitate discussions about self-care and developing positive behaviours that support mental health. Jodie Moffatt, Community Outreach Worker for Read more

August 6th, 2018|

How Do I Know My Child Has Reached Her Developmental Milestones?

It seems like my child has not reached milestones like other children her age.  How do I know she is ready and how do I know she is developing on par? This is a question that we hear a lot from parents. All parents want to ensure that their children Read more

August 6th, 2018|

Summer in the City: Impacting More Than Just Kids

Growing up, Shahd was a shy young girl. “I kind of had this bubble I was always in,” she recalls. Then she came to Closer to Home (CTH)’s  summer day camp program, Summer in the City. “I didn’t talk to anyone or participate in anything for the first few days,” Read more

May 10th, 2018|

How do I help my son cope with big emotions?

As a parent of a 9 year old, I find it challenging at times to help my son manage his emotions. Although he is young, he is experiencing grownup feelings he does not understand. As the world around him expands, how do I help him cope with these big emotions Read more

May 10th, 2018|

‘Viewpoints’: Youth Mental Health and Wellness Project Launches in Airdrie

Closer to Home Community Services is excited to announce the launch of its new Airdrie-based youth mental health program, Viewpoints. A preventative, evidence-based program, Viewpoints aims to support overall mental wellness for youth in Airdrie by increasing awareness of and access to mental health resources while decreasing the stigma of Read more

June 27th, 2017|

Strengthening Families and Communities with Summer in the City

Closer to Home’s Summer in the City day camp means more than fun outdoor activities for kids. Free, quality summer programming means kids from low-income families do not undergo a “summer slide” and adopt risky behaviours. The story of Diana* and her daughter helps us understand why Summer in the Read more

May 16th, 2017|

Cultural Connection: A Community of Spirituality and Support

“Healthy Mothers” by Richard Riel Dubois Zollo is displayed at Closer to Home’s Pekewe House. “I grew up an only child,” says Sarah*, reflecting on the bond she now sees between her two young daughters; a bond she never experienced. “The love that they have is so sweet.” Nearly Read more

May 16th, 2017|

How Can I Encourage My Child to Share?

After spending time with my friends and their child, I’ve noticed that my daughter tends to mimic some of their child’s behaviours, like an unwillingness to share toys. How can I curb this behaviour? This is a common issue that we see with a lot of kids! Children do not Read more

May 16th, 2017|

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