Program Overview:

 Expanding  Horizons has experience in developing programs which focus on the  direct care needs of foster children & youth.  These programs are  classifications as foster homes with complimenting wrap-around services  offered to each individual program.
Bridging Gaps Foster Home is an example  of a parent-staff (mixed-modality) foster home serving 4 male youth, 14  to 18 years old.  This foster home offers a specialty in-house education  component (supported by educational staff with Section 23 experience)  plus wrap-around services that includes: life skills, counseling,  recreation, behaviour management, and other services based on individual  needs of each youth.  Reintegration services include the support of a  Transitional Youth Worker.

A skills and career development component  is also included.  Youth placed in these homes still want to develop  their independence and their permanency plan is to age-out of care and  would not be returning to live with bio-family.

Our foster care families have experience  working with children and youth who require a positive, caring,  nurturing and living familial environment.

Wrap-Around Services Defined:

Our wrap-around services  support the foster parents by coordinating services needed to help the  youth with their daily living, bringing together regional health care,  recreation, educational, treatment, cultural, family, social and  community services to develop a short and long-term foster plan of care  that will be adapted throughout all the stages of the youth development.

We  have expanded our range of support services that are available to  children & youth who would be considered 'mental health' and require  a diverse care plan that is individually tailored to their individual  development. 

These services are focused on helping each child & youth cope with  their individual circumstances and develop skills sets, in the following  areas:

> behaviour management/emotional regulation
> cognitive skill development
> communication
> coping skills
> social/interpersonal
> daily living
> transitional services & supports

These support services will help address key issues children & youth  may be struggling with to (a) help build their skill sets and (b)  reinforce their ability to learn independence, especially as they age  out of foster care.

Respite Services:

Caring for children and youth with disabilities can be physically and  emotionally challenging.  Respite services provide families with support  and temporary relief, giving you a much needed break.  These services  allow children and youth to participate in meaningful activities that  will help them engage with our care-givers through meaningful  activities, helping them to learn new skills, as well as building  positive, caring and trusting relationships.

Respite services can take place in your home or in one of our licensed  relief homes.  These services are available to children and youth, up  until 18 years of age.

Our respite care families have experience working with children and youth where support is required for definite blocks of time.
Emergency Care Services:

Our emergency care services provide a safe, caring and nurturing  familial environment for children and youth where the stay is  anticipated to be 'short-term.'  Our team will assist with  transportation and will work closely with the family, referring agency,  care-giver/guardian.

Our emergency care families have experience working with children and youth who are in crisis and require immediate support.