Caring Dads is an evidence-based program intended to help fathers improve their parenting skills to become more child focused. It also helps fathers improve their relationship and their communication with their children and partners. For the first time, Caring Dads have been culturally adapted to be offered in the Arabic language. This program is being run in collaboration with Changing Ways and is funded by Islamic Relief Canada.
MRCSSI delivers a culturally adapted version of the Strengthening Families Program in Arabic to newcomer families from conflict zone areas.
Strengthening Families Program SFP is a 14-week skill development program, for children and aged 6 to 17 and their families, to attend together. Each week, families attend the program at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club for 3 hours. A meal, childminding for children under 6, and assistance with transportation are provided.
The Strengthening Families Program is an evidence-based, family skills development program that has been found to significantly improve family relationships, decrease youth substance use, and improve school competencies. It is internationally recognized as one of the top-rated family programs for all families.
SFP consists of parenting skills, children’s life skills, and family skills training courses taught together in fourteen 2-hours group sessions preceded by a meal that includes informal family practice time and group leader coaching. SFP was designed in 14 sessions to assure sufficient dosage to promote behaviour change in high-risk families.
CURRENT STATUS OF THE PROGRAM
In the period from January 2017 to March 2019, SFP has been delivered to 289 individuals from 54 families, including 11 families from the Yazidi community. 89 parents and 149 children (ages 6-17) completed the 14-week program, and 67 children were in childminding.
In order to register for the program, families must have at least one child between the ages of 6 and 17, be willing to complete an anonymous survey after the program, and be experiencing one or more of the following criteria:
Children Delinquent Behaviour
Negative Peer Pressure
Low Academic Performance
For referral or registration information, or to request a presentation at your organization, please contact:
Nicola – Maritza Coombs
Project Administrative Assistant
Ph: 519-672-6000 ext 317
Ph: 519-672-6000 ext 306
Our mission is to provide culturally integrative services that build capacity to help individuals, families and communities to overcome challenges, manage conflict and ensure safety and wellbeing.