The Families Matter Diversion Program is a voluntary, community based program designed to assist families in overcoming challenges and building skills necessary to ensure a safe, healthy, and resilient home. The Diversion Counselor will work with you and your family to understand the challenges you face, connect you with the resources you might need, draw on you and your families strengths to set goals for positive change and help you to maintain those positive changes over time.
The program offers:
- Support for meditation and conflict resolution
- Advocacy and support when accessing resources or addressing family concerns
- Parenting support and education
- Co-operative parenting skill development
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Families Matter Diversion Program Children Services?
No, the Diversion program is a voluntary program and is not Children’s Services; however, it is funded through Children’s Services.
Is there a cost?
There is no cost attached to the Diversion Program.
Mediation or Co-parenting sessions?
Mediation: an alternative dispute resolution process where you and your partner meet with a mediator to resolve your legal issues without going to court. This is a service that the Diversion Counselors cannot provide.
Co-parenting: The Diversion Counselors can facilitate a program called the “Cooperative Parenting and Divorce” shielding children from conflict. This program is a video based, psychoeducational program designed to assist divorcing or divorced parents in reducing parental conflict and the risk factors that influence the child’s post-divorce adjustment. The program addresses the relationship between separate households created as a result of divorce. It is designed to improve the quality of the parental relationship in situations of joint custody, separate maintenance, change of custody, and paternity.
Can the Diversion Counselor attend court proceedings as a support person?
Unfortunately, they cannot attend court proceedings as a support person.
Does the Diversion program offer Couple’s Counselling/Therapy?
No, the Diversion program does not provide therapeutic counselling services to couples as staff are not qualified to do so. They can facilitate referrals to appropriate services.
What types of parenting programs does the Diversion program offer?
The Diversion program obtains many of their programs through Active Parenting Canada. Active Parenting Canada programs empower families by providing parents with the skills to help their children survive and thrive in our changing world. Active Parenting programs emphasize non-violent discipline, mutual respect, and open communication. It has benefited millions of families in the past 30 years.
What is an “Active Parent”?
An active parent or guardian establishes a connection with their child or children by engaging in a parent-education model, which emphasizes the child’s psychological and behavioral goals, logical and natural consequences, mutual respect, and encouragement techniques.
Some of the Active Parenting Programs offered by the Diversion Counselors include:
- Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action
- Active Parenting for Step families
- Cooperative Parenting and Divorce
- Active Parenting: First Five Years
- Active Parenting
- Parents on Board: Building Academic Success through Parenting Involvement