Why It Matters 2017-05-27T05:23:59+00:00

Why it Matters

When families are healthy and thriving, communities and society thrive too. On the flip side, we all carry the burden when people are not doing well. Costs to our health care, education and justice systems alone illustrate this point – not to mention the human costs.

At CFS, we are in the business of helping people develop the skills to move past the things that are standing in their way of the life they want. Our programs and services adhere to and inform best practices in the following areas:

  • Enhancing parenting skills (for both mothers and fathers)
  • Fostering strong social connections (friends, teachers, neighbours)
  • Promoting healthy parent-child relationships
  • Providing affordable counselling and support during times of need
  • Ensuring healthy brain development and attachment for infants and toddlers of teen parents

Measurement and accountability is a fundamental priority at Catholic Family Service (CFS). Ensuring each of our programs are research-informed and evidence-based is a strategic priority, and continues to be a focus for our agency. We track all of our programs and services and report on outcomes to our funders, donors, community partners, volunteers and employees. This approach ensures we maintain the highest standard of service provision to meet the evolving needs of the community.

“We were university students and expecting a baby in 2012 when we started meeting with a social worker at Louise Dean Centre. As young parents, we needed a lot of support. After our daughter was born, Jameela decided to work from home and build a jewelry business. When Peter got laid off, we thought, “If we can do this baby thing, we can run a business.” Turns out babies and businesses are a lot the same. They take time and effort and trial and error, but then they start doing things on their own. Now our jewelry is in 40 stores across Canada. ”

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