Programs Administered by Bridges Family Programs
All programs and services are voluntary, confidential and free of charge.
We are thrilled to announce we are the Bridges Family Programs Hub for Medicine Hat, Cypress County and Oyen and surrounding areas. The Hub is part of the Family Resource Network (FRN) through Children's Services. The Family Resource Network supports expectant parents, families, caregivers and communities to support the safety and resiliency of infants, children, youth within nurturing and supportive environments. Programs and services will support child safety, well-being, child/youth development, and strengthen parenting and caregiver knowledge. The Hub will be a center for families who have children 0 - 18 years to access information, referral and service coordination services. Our Hub has two System Navigators who provide as-needed support accessing community supports, parenting information, child development screenings and more. The System Navigators are available to anyone in the community with children 0-18 to call or walk-in.
Through the Hub is our Parent Education program which offers parenting classes and groups which aim to strengthen parenting capacity. Some examples of upcoming groups are: Triple P Parenting, Nurturing Parenting which includes Nurturing Fathers, a sensory group, and our successful Grandparents who are Parenting group. We will be offering groups in the rural communities, starting with Redcliff in October. Watch our Facebook pages for more details: Bridges Family Programs, Bridges Parent Education.
We continue to offer our in-home family support programs that provide support, information, family service planning, and advocacy services to individuals, expecting a child or who have children under the age of eighteen in Medicine Hat, Redcliff, Dunmore and Cypress County. Various social and educational programs are also offered to families. These programs are: Bridges, Best Babies and Building Blocks through the Hub, along with our FASD Assessment and Support Services and the First Steps program.
BRIDGES PROGRAM. Bridges in-home family support services are provided to expectant parents and families needing targeted and intensive supports, who have infants, children and youth under the age of 18 years who reside in Medicine Hat, Redcliff, Cypress County, County of Newell including Brooks, Bassano, Rolling Hills, Duchess, Patricia, Tilley, Scandia, Rosemary, and Oyen including Acadia, Empress, Cereal and surrounding areas, and identify the need for family support services based on identified risk factors (with particular focus on families who have child(ren)/youth ages 7+ years).
SOUTHEAST ALBERTA HOME VISITATION PROGRAMS. Home Visitation Programs (HVP) provide in-home parenting education and family support programming to expectant parents and parents who have children newborn to age six, with optimal entry into the program when mom is pregnant or has a child under 3 months of age. The Best Babies program focuses on supporting expectant parents and families who have children under 9 months of age, and the Building Blocks program focuses on supporting families with children newborn to 6 years, but can also support expecting parents if the Best Babies program doesn’t have the capacity to support them.
FASD ASSESSMENT & SUPPORT SERVICES(FASS). FASS provides support, advocacy and consultative services to families who are raising children with this particular disability. FASS also facilitates, in partnership, a regional neurodevelopmental clinic in Medicine Hat which is responsible for assessing and diagnosing children and adults with FASD, within the Southeastern Alberta. The program also engages in prevention and education activities and presentations within the region to raise awareness about FASD and its prevention. The funding for this program is received from the Government of Alberta and the Cross-Ministry Committee on FASD via the Southeastern Alberta FASD Service Network Society.
FIRST STEPS (FS). First Steps program is a Parent – Child Assistance program for women who are pregnant or have children 12 months or younger and have used alcohol and/or drugs during pregnancy. This program uses a case management, in-home support approach and concentrates not only on reducing alcohol and drug use, but addressing the health and social well-being of mothers and their children.