Goals of the Community Care Program
The Couchiching Child and Family Care Program concentrates on children in need of care and protection and their families simultaneously. This dual focus stems from two principal goals set out in the Chiefs' policy of family support in community care:
Children: To assure the growth, support and development of all our children within their families, community
Families: To strengthen and maintain our families and through them, our community.
Objectives of the Child and Family Care Program
There are two Principal Objectives of the Child and Family Care Program:
Child Care: To ensure the proper care and protection of our children to assure their growth, support and development within their families and community
Family Support: To provide support and assistance to our families to ensure their strength and maintenance, and through them our community.
Child Care Services
Sometimes stress in families gets to the breaking point. Normal patterns of family living break down, and children find themselves without the family support, guidance and protection they need. Sometimes the children are left alone. Sometimes the parents, while present, can no longer cope with the needs of their children. Sometimes a single parent just "burns out." Sometimes parents have to go away for treatment. In these cases, some substitute for the care and protection parents would normally provide to their children must be arranged, and the cause of the breakdown in family living must be addressed. For those families community care services are ready to step in.
Family Support Services
Families encounter distress when their income stops or when interpersonal conflict cannot be resolved or when the behaviour of a member can no longer be accommodated by others. There are a multitude of examples that are very familiar, and they occur in any family to some degree. Some families cope with stress independently. some need help from outside their household. For those families in distress where there is jeopardy to the normal care and protection of their children, community care services will support and assist.