Family Engagement

The Family Engagement program aims to help children, youth, and families connect with others who share similar experiences and find ways to support one another.

Through the Family Engagement Coordinator and collaborative partnerships, the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent (CTC-CK) offers a variety of ways for families to connect with us, with their children, with each other, and with the Chatham-Kent community.

The Family Engagement program also aims to engage and recruit families to share their experiences and stories to provide perspective to better enhance overall services and communication across the CTC-CK.

Who We Are:

The Family Engagement Coordinator is an employee of the CTC-CK who has lived experience supporting a person with special needs who has received services at the CTC-CK and is knowledgeable about services and resources for families.

What We Provide:

The Family Engagement Coordinator can help with: 

  • Building and supporting a family’s independence and advocacy skills
  • Engaging with families and connecting families together in meaningful ways
  • Encouraging families to share their ideas, stories, and feedback to better enhance overall services at the CTC-CK
  • Providing resources, information, and supports to families based on the needs and requests of families
  • Advocating on behalf of children and families both internally at the CTC-CK and externally in the community

Examples of programs/ services offered include:

  • CTC-CK Connects Facebook Group for parents and primary caregivers
  • Caregiver-led support groups
  • Caregiver’s Night Out fun nights for parents and caregivers
  • Sibshop for siblings of children with special needs
  • Sib’s Night Out fun nights for siblings
  • Family Events
  • Educational presentations and workshops
  • Family Advisory Council
  • Youth Action Team