Priority Access for Child Welfare (PACW)

Priority Access for Child Welfare (PACW) provides intensive family therapy to children and youth that are at-risk of being placed in child welfare.

Type:

Family Therapy, Intensive

Age:

Children: 6 – 12 years | Youth: 12 – 18 years

Fees:

Free

Referral:

Referral required
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Eligibility:

Children and Youth,
Family members/caregivers
No health card needed

Languages offered:

English *Interpretation services are available.

Location:

• Strides office - 1200 Markham Rd., Suite 200
• Child Welfare agency office
• Community
• Home (occasionally)

Hours:

Monday – Thursday, 9 AM – 8 PM
Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM

For more information

Call 416-438-3697 and ask for intake

Program focus: Behaviour Difficulty, Child Welfare, Life Skills, Mental Health, Trauma

Priority Access for Child Welfare (PACW) Services helps children and youth that are at-risk of being placed in child welfare because of challenges at home; severe difficulties at school that could lead to loss of school placement; or has significant mental health and/or addiction issues and child welfare has become involved. Depending on the need of the family, therapists can meet with youth and their caregivers weekly or bi-weekly for 3 to 6 months.

The goals of the program are to reduce the severity of the difficulties in the home, improve relationships and reduce the risk for out-of-home placement. Services are offered in a range of settings (e.g. our office, the community, child welfare office and sometimes the home) using a treatment plan that is created collaboratively with the child/youth/family. Trained therapists provide children/youth/families with tools to help develop healthy behaviours, better relationships and enable youth to function positively and effectively in the home whilst addressing their mental health and/or addiction issues.

Referral details

A referral needs to be made to Strides Toronto by one of the Child Welfare agencies:

  • Children’s Aid Society Toronto (CAST)
  • Catholic Children’s Aid Society (CCAS)
  • Native Child and Family Services
  • Jewish Family and Child Services

The social worker from the Child Welfare agency will ask for consent from the family and send Strides Toronto the referral form asking the therapist to help support family. Our therapist will then contact the family directly and we will all agree a time to meet.

For more information

Call 416-438-3697 and ask for intake

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