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Caring for Families & Children

Why is this important?

While many of us are safe, healthy and financially stable, and live in a socially connected society, our community is not immune to social problems. Living among us are those who struggle with poverty, endure domestic violence, suffer from abuse and neglect, live with mental illness and addiction and live silently in social isolation.

There is a need for the support provided by social service and other agencies. We are working together to transform our community’s reality into one we can all be proud to share.

One measure of a caring community is the extent to which it creates an environment that strengthens all aspects of the health and well-being of children and families and helps improve their quality of life. This dashboard includes measures relating to a range of support programs including child protection and disability services for children under age 11 and their parents.

What are the trends?

Data indicates that fewer families were accessing social services in 2015. We know there are wait lists, therefore, the need for service outweighs the current capacity to serve the most vulnerable in our community.

What’s new?

Given the reality of the increased needs, there is recognition amongst social service agencies serving the Jewish community that the agencies need to work together differently. They are currently working collaboratively together to develop innovative solutions to issues faced by children and families in our community using a Collective Impact approach.

How are we doing?

Within the context of flat or decreased government funds and increased demand for services, there is considerable pressure on the social service agencies to meet growing needs.