Children’s Mental Health Week

Did you know that May 5th to 11th is Children’s Mental Health Week? This is a week where we draw attention to the issues that children, youth and families face when seeking mental health treatment in Ontario.


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

6 IN 10 YOUTH

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

12,000+

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


What’s New in KKRDCFS 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 http://www.emotionfocusedfamilytherapy.org/

  • March 2019: Zones of Regulation, A curriculum designed to foster self-regulation and emotional control. http://www.zonesofregulation.com/index.html

  • 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. http://depts.washington.edu/risemh/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/The-Brief-Intervention-for-School-Clinicians-BRISC_A-mixed-methods-evaluation-of-feasibility-acceptability-and-contextual-appropriateness.pdf

  • 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. https://www.friendsresilience.org/

  • June 2019: Single-Session Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy Training https://www.canadiansfbtc.com/


Enterprise Holdings Donation to

Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services

Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services was the fortunate recipient of a donation from Enterprise Holdings Foundation of $3,500 that was kindly presented by Leanne Wood and Hal Uysun from Enterprise in support of families and children.

Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services was the fortunate recipient of a donation from Enterprise Holdings Foundation of $3,500 that was kindly presented by Leanne Wood and Hal Uysun  from Enterprise in support of families and children.


Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services Issues

Public Statement

Over the past two days, various reports have been made in the media regarding statements made by a lawyer representing Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services. Executive Director, Bill Leonard, met with the Board of Directors of KRRDCFS this morning to further discuss the matter and issue a public statement:

“I would like to apologize for the comments made by our lawyer, Mr. McCallum, in an Affidavit that was filed with the court in July, 2018. In this Affidavit, it states “A fourteen or fifteen (sic) is a sexually mature young woman. Not a ‘child,’ as the term is generally understood…”

“Furthermore, this statement is appalling and intolerable, and I agree with comments reported regarding the abhorrent nature of this statement.”

Under Ontario’s Child, Youth and Family Services Act, anyone under the age of 18 is considered to be a child. Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services takes the protection of all children very seriously.

Leonard adds, “Mr. McCallum’s statement undermines this commitment and is in no way reflective of our practice, knowledge or belief. His services have been terminated effective today.”

For more information contact:

William Leonard, BA, BSW, MSW (Clinical) Executive Director Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services (807) 807-467-5437


Change to After Hours Service in Dryden, Ignace and Red Lake

As of June 1, 2018, there is a change in our After Hours service in Dryden, Ignace and Red Lake.  Tikinagan CFS will be providing after hours services to the families they serve from the Treaty 9 and 5 areas.  Anishinaabe Abinoojii Family Services continues to provide services to all Treaty 3 band members.  Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services will provide service to all other families.  If you do not know which agency to contact please call any of the agencies and we will determine child safety and who the information should be directed to.


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