SafeCare Accreditation

Dear Kenora Team,

Congratulations on implementing SafeCare with the highest standards! It is our pleasure to approve your SafeCare Accreditation for June 2019 to May 2020. NSTRC and the SafeCare Accreditation Team appreciate your agency’s hard work to maintain the implementation standards of SafeCare and want to thank you for taking time to participate in the SafeCare Accreditation process. As a token of your accreditation, attached is your agency’s accreditation seal, which you can use to announce and advertise your accreditation. In addition, you will receive an Accreditation Plaque plate via mail noting your accreditation year 2019-2020.

We love having your agency as part of our SafeCare Community and look forward to continued collaboration throughout the year.


Leslie Sawell

NSTRC Accreditation Committee
Leslie Sawell, MS
Senior Training Specialist
National SafeCare Training and Research Center

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FREE Summer Youth Programming!

Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services is pleased to be offering numerous fun-filled activities for youth ages 6-18 throughout the months of July and August… FREE of charge! Some of our upcoming events include:

-Trip to the Mounds for Science North

-Mindfulness activities in the park

-Strawberry picking

-Trip to Emo spray park

-Hiking events

-Cooking events

+ much more!

Lunch and snacks will be provided. Come join us to practice social skills, learn and most importantly to have FUN! If you would like further information about any of the summer programming or to sign up, please email or, or you can call our office at: 807-274-7787 and ask for Kari or Mackenzie. We hope to see you soon!

Congratulations to the Developmental Services team in Fort Frances.  Thanks to Laureen Morrish, with the help of Mary Ellen Chapman we received $6000 in funding that will be used to train our staff in the Lego Social Skills Facilitator course.  I accepted the money on behalf of our team last night at the town council meeting. We have a tentative training date in October of this year and are excited for this opportunity.

I have attached a little information about the efficacy of the Lego Social skills group if you're are interested.

Great job to all involved!
Becky Andrusco
Supervisor of Clinical and Community Services

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The State of Infant, Child & Youth Mental Health in Ontario


Report having had concerns about their level of anxiety.

72% Increase

in Emergency Department visits and a 79% increase in hospitalizations in the past 10 years in Ontario


children & youth are waiting up to 18 months for mental health treatment

What’s New in KRRDCFS Child and Youth Mental Health Programming?

  1. We are preparing for our second accreditation and our site visit is April 9-11. Our programs were first accredited by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation in 2014.

  2. School Board Counselling Program: We extended our partnership with the Rainy River District School Board (RRDSB) and the Northern Ontario Education Leaders (NOEL) in September 2018 and have since been able to provide expedited on-site services at all schools within the Rainy River District.

  3. Recent and upcoming training for clinical staff:

  • February 2019: Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) Healing Relationships & Promoting Resilience

  • March 2019: Zones of Regulation, A curriculum designed to foster self-regulation and emotional control.

  • April 2019: Brief Intervention for School Clinicians (BRISC) is an evidence-based problem-solving triage model designed for students with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

  • May 2019: FRIENDS Resilience - FRIENDS Programs are a suite of evidence-based, social and emotional skills programs designed to build life-long resilience in individuals, families, and communities.

  • June 2019: Single-Session Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy Training

Understanding Child Welfare

Have you ever been approached by friends and families, as soon as they learned you are working in child welfare, with questions like “What is a  Children’s Aid Society? What exactly do you do? How do you look after abused children?” and even bigger questions like, “What is Child Welfare?”!  Most of the time you probably struggled to answer these questions, because, well, the answer is complicated.
The 4-minute video below provides a concise, simple – and for some, surprising – description of why children, youth,  and families receive child welfare services in Ontario and how Children’s Aid Societies work.    English   French