When children are placed into foster or kinship care as a result of an intervention, it is a traumatic event.
In 2014, Calgary & Area Child and Family Services launched the Brief Intervention and Caregiver Support program (BICS) to reduce the trauma and toxic stress experienced by children in care.
BICS is a joint initiative between Catholic Family Service, carya and Calgary Counselling Centre. Together we use a comprehensive approach to help caregivers understand the unique needs of children in their care. Caregivers learn about grief and loss, trauma and attachment – and how these factors can contribute to placement disruption.
Once a child is placed into care, a BICS clinician partners with caregivers to initiate a plan that meets both the short- and long-term needs of the child. Ultimately the goal of BICS is to enhance the caregiver’s ability to provide a nurturing, stable environment and reduce the risk of placement breakdown.
For more information, please contact Vanessa McConnell at 403.205.5883, firstname.lastname@example.org
250, 707 – 10 Avenue SW Calgary, AB T2R 0B3
Main Office Hours
Monday: 8:30AM – 5:00PM
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8:30AM – 8:00PM
Friday: 8:30AM – 4:30PM