Programs

Programs

Youth Services

Parent Teen Conflict

For families experiencing a high degree of conflict in parent-teen relationships. Families can access a counsellor that offers: consultation, education, mediation and support. This service is offered to both parents and teens.

There is a parenting group specifically for parents who have conflict with their teen(s). Focus is on: communication, boundary setting, and conflict resolution. Teen group runs at the same time to share similar information and skills.

For more information on this program and/or group, please contact NOYFSS at (250) 545-3572.

Youth at Risk

Supports youth in increasing positive youth engagement, skill building, reducing high-risk behaviours, and providing an environment that is non-threatening and youth-friendly. Service may include a short-term intervention, referral to appropriate resources, connection to mental health among others. Youth may self-refer, or may be referred by one of a variety of other service providers.

For information on this program, or to self-refer, please call (250) 545-3572.

Youth Agreements

Supports youth in:

  • living independently
  • completing their education
  • finding suitable employment
  • life skill development

Youth aged 16 to 19 are referred by MCFD. A social worker assesses youth for eligibility of a Youth Agreement.

Independent Living Program

Similar to Youth Agreement, this program is for youth who are in care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).

For information on the Independent Living Program, please contact MCFD Intake office at (250) 558-2700.

Youth Justice

Re-Direct & Intensive Support and Supervision Program (ISSP)

A program for youth on probation, who have been referred to the program by the courts. Service focuses on:

  • life skills development
  • community integration and recreation
  • individual support
  • employment support

For more information on this program, please contact Youth Probation at MCFD at (250) 558-2770.

School Based Outreach Program

Overview

For students and families that encounter stressors at home that affect the student’s ability to manage at school. Families are referred by the School Based Team in individual schools. Service is offered in the school and the family home.

For more information on this program, please contact NOYFSS at (250) 545-3572.

Family Services

ADD/ADHD Services

For parents whose children are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Parents work closely with the family counsellor to:

  • explore and understand the diagnosis
  • review “typical” ADD/ADHD child or teen development
  • identify strengths and related challenges
  • create parenting strategies to help the child be successful in their home, community and school.

For more information about this program, please contact NOYFSS at (250) 545-3572.

Young Parents Program

For pregnant and/or young parents (under age of 19). Child and Family Counsellor works with participants to:

  • promote healthy pregnancy and parenting
  • increase safety of children born to young parents
  • strengthen family connections
  • provide knowledge of and access to community resources

For more information on this program, please contact NOYFSS at (250) 545-3572.

Family Service

Families work closely with the family counsellor to:

  • develop parenting strategies
  • improve family relationships
  • increase family’s ability to problem solve
  • The family, social worker and counsellor meet to develop goals and review progress.

To access this program, please contact the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) at (250) 558-2700.

Permanency Planning Program

For children who are being adopted through the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). The adoption triad (birth family, foster placement and the adoptive family) collaborate to fit the needs of the children as they adjust to their new family.

For more information on this program, please contact MCFD at (250) 558-2700.

Family Based Treatment Program

A voluntary service for families of children/youth age 7-17 with a diagnosed mental health disorder. Service focuses on:

  • coping strategies
  • life skills
  • parenting ability
  • emotional stability

For more information on this program, please contact Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) at (250) 558-2775.

Intensive Family Support Program (IFSP)

A collaborative program developed with MCFD where reunification is the goal. IFSP program builds on the strengths of the family and develops clear and specific goals to support reunification. IFSP is accessed through referral from MCFD.

Special Needs Program

Overview

For families who have a child(ren) diagnosed with a special need and/or autism spectrum. The child has opportunities to develop life skills while families learn parenting strategies. To access this program please contact Children and Youth with Special Needs (CYSN) at (250) 549-5404.

For more information on this program, please contact NOYFSS at (250) 545-3572.

Mara House

Mara House is a family-oriented, specialized home facility for challenging/vulnerable children age 6 to 16. Parents and caregivers meet with a multi-disciplinary team, including a Clinical Family Specialist, and community specialists. Staff at Mara House provide:

  • a nurtured home life and environment
  • safety and security for all residents
  • positive goal-oriented individual plans

Mara House is in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in accordance with the Interior Health Community Care Facility Act. Access to Mara House is done through the Resource Team at the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).

For more information on Mara House, please contact the Director of Operations and Services at (250) 545-3572.

Sage House

Sage House is a 4 bed regional treatment facility for children and youth with complex needs ages 6-16. Children live in the facility for up to 8 months before they transition back to home/community.

A trauma informed/attachment based foundation is used in developing individualized programs for each child/youth living in the resource.

The facility is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in accordance with the Interior Health Community Care Facility Act. Access to Sage House is through MCFD regional team.

North Okanagan Youth & Family Services Society

Phone

Phone: (250) 545-3572
Fax: (250) 545-1510

Address

3100 - 32nd Avenue
Vernon, BC V1T 2L9

 

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 4:30pm
(closed 12pm to 1pm for lunch hour)