Evidence-informed programs are developed by conducting research in relevant fields and putting together a comprehensive program to tackle the issue at hand that needs attention. Below are some of our evidence-informed programs.

Strengthening Families Program

Funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation 2021-2024

MRCSSI will be delivering a culturally adapted version of the Strengthening Families Program in English with Arabic support as part of a 3-year project funded by an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant.

Of our many services, MRCSSI offers a 14-week evidence-based family skills training program called the Strengthening Families Program (SFP). The program provides parents’ skills training and equips children with pro-social life skills through culturally adapted family activities, meetings, and games.

 

SFP is ideal for parents/caregivers and their children between the ages of 6-16 years who are challenged with poor social integration and are disproportionately high users of the mental health and criminal justice systems.

SFP is a prevention intervention program that supports parents and children to develop skills and strategies for healthy family relationships, to better navigate through situations of stress, and to support positive/successful outcomes for children and youth.

 

Since 2016 a total of 129 parents and 196 children (between 6 to 16 years of age), representing 82 families have completed the SFP program, with 61% being mothers and 39% being fathers.

 

Due to the impact of the pandemic; we have shifted the mode of delivery from in-person to virtual via Zoom.

Caring Dads

Funded by Islamic Relief Canada 2019-2021

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.

  • Caring Dads is a group intervention program for men who are struggling with their children, at risk of being abusive or have abused, neglected, or exposed their children to domestic violence
  • 17- week program, culturally adapted to be offered in Arabic for the first time
  • The Caring Dads curriculum works with fathers to increase fathers’ awareness and help fathers improve their parenting skills to become more child-focused. It also helps them improve their relationship and their communication with their children and spouses

Journey Home Project

Funded by Public Safety Canada 2016-2021

 

MRCSSI delivered a culturally adapted version of the Strengthening Families Program in Arabic to newcomer families from conflict zone areas as part of a 5-year project funded by Public Safety Canada (Journey Home Project) between 2017 and 2021.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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.

 

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

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.

 

PROGRAM IMPACT

In the period from January 2017 to March 2019, SFP was 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.

The restrictions on gatherings as a result of the pandemic resulted in a change to the structure of the program where most of the sessions were delivered through Zoom.

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Cohorts

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54

Families

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89

Parents

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149

Children

Ages 6-17

67

Children

Under 6

Our Mission

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.