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Halton Families for Families

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Welcome to Halton Families for Families

“Family: A circle of care and support offering enduring commitment to care for one another related either biologically, emotionally, or legally and takes into account those who the “client” identifies as significant to his/her well-being.”  Family Engagement Curriculum - PCMH

What is Family Engagement?

Family Engagement – The term engagement is a more active partnership between families and service providers. For service providers, this means listening to what families think, engaging them in two-way communication and involving them as essential allies in decision making so that their involvement is meaningful and has a purpose. Effective family engagement requires the service provider to develop a relationship-building process focused on listening.

What is Halton Families for Families?

Reach out Centre for Kids (ROCK) and Student Support Leadership Initiative (SSLI); together with Parents for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH) have received funding from the Trillium Foundation to begin the Family Engagement Initiative.

The goal of the Family Engagement Initiative is to create a place for families who have been impacted by a child or youth’s mental health challenges and come together to engage in supportive and meaningful discussions, creating a growing and caring network of families. A place where sharing experiences can have a positive impact on the child and youth mental health services offered in Halton.

How will we achieve our goals?

Family experience and expertise are a vital component of improving services in the mental health sector. With your help, we can ensure that children, youth and families in Halton continue to receive high quality mental health services and support that are accessible, timely, meaningful and family-centered. By growing a network of relationships, we can help families feel supported in their communities.

There are a number of opportunities for your family to pursue. Please see the listings below for a full description of each committee.

Steering Committee – All committee positions currently filled

The steering committee shall be comprised of family members, community- based mental health agency representatives and community based organizations that have an ongoing interest in children and youth mental health

Guiding and consulting to ensure the successful implementation of the Family Engagement work plan

Attending regular meetings (once monthly) and participation in any additional meetings as required

Participate in the promotion of events of Halton Families for Families, as well as other events where family engagement is a focus

Ensure that the project is implemented in a way that is culturally responsive to the diverse representation of families who live in the Halton area

Advisory Committee

  • Will be comprised of family members
  • Two-way communication with steering committee
  • Two-way communication with working and subcommittees
  • Develop community relationships
  • Ensure family-driven planning of activities
  • Contribute to direction of the steering committee in ensuring grant objectives are met in meaningful ways to family
  • Contribute to strategic planning
  • Provide recommendations/input for change in mental health services
  • Be a foundational group in the future development of agency specific Family Advisory Committees
  • Attend regular meetings

Educational Workshops Committee

  • Comprised of family members
  • Assist in the creation and planning of workshops for families who are impacted by a child or youth’s mental health
  • Engage Halton families and community members in learning topics of interest and/or need
  • Explore multiple ways to present workshops and information (ie: in person lectures, workshops, webinars, conferences, newsletters, booklet etc)
  • Develop community relationships
  • Two-way communication with the Advisory Committee

Development and Facilitation of Support Groups

  • Develop an understanding of local support groups
  • Establish peer-to-peer support groups and link with Parents for Children’s Mental Health
  • Link with Advisory Committee and Education Workshop Committee to inform of family needs learned through support group settings
  • Assist in building capacity and communities of support for Halton families raising children and youth with mental illness/mental health disorders

Additional Committees (as needed)

  • Subcommittees developed to assist in planning and implementation of Halton Families for Families events and contribution to mental health services for children and youth
  • Duties of specific committees will be defined as committees are developed


For more information please contact:

Darlene Wierski-Devoe

Family Engagement Coordinator, Halton Families for Families

c/o ROCK Reach out Centre for Kids 

471 Pearl Street

Burlington, Ontario L7R 4M4 

families@rockonline.ca  or 905 634 2347 Ext. 259