Pictured here is Karen White, coordinator of the Lacombe Family Resource Network, in the facility located at #4, 4725 - 49B Ave. Lacombe Express file photo

Pictured here is Karen White, coordinator of the Lacombe Family Resource Network, in the facility located at #4, 4725 - 49B Ave. Lacombe Express file photo

Family Resource Network to introduce new programs in early 2023

Staff at the Lacombe-based Family Resource Network are gearing up for new programming offerings in 2023.

The Network launched in 2020 after the provincial government closed down the Parent Link program – Family Resource Networks also fall under the umbrella of McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association.

Services cover a span of age groups – for example, the Family Support Program pairs families with a worker who will provide in-home support. They can help with everything from conflict resolution and the setting and maintaining of boundaries to helping parents better connect with their kids.

There is also home visitation – which is support for parents with children from zero to six years of age. Additionally, there is the Family Support Program which is in-home support for parents of kids in the zero to 18-year-old age range with varying difficulties.

This programming is also intended to build parental/caregiver resiliency and is focused on the family unit to promote family wellness.

Meanwhile, the organization continues to grow, said Karen White, the Network’s coordinator, adding the Network also serves Clive, Bentley, Alix and Blackfalds.

Recently, the staff has also expanded with the addition of Carolyn McLaren having come onboard as another facilitator, and the Network will be introducing a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren in the New Year.

White said they have a significant number of clients who are grandparents raising their own grandchildren.

“Sometimes, they feel quite alone. Because we do have so many clients like this, we know they aren’t alone – but they feel alone. We just wanted to create a place for these grandparents to come together and support each other,” she said.

They will also be offering Triple-P (Positive Parenting Program) sessions in the New Year, plus four online educational sessions with Tammy Auten-Dye, a psychologist out of Ponoka.

These sessions include Self-Regulation on Jan. 19, Teenage Anxiety on Jan. 26, Depression: Silent Suffering on Feb. 2, and Childhood Mental Health on Feb. 9).

“We will also be doing a Walk and Talk in Blackfalds (at the Abbey Centre) every other Friday for moms with babies,” she said. “We’ll be doing it there through the winter months and then we’ll take it outside when the weather is nicer,” she said.

“It’s time for moms to connect with each other and chat.”

As for the Triple-P programming, White said they are often asked if they offer it. According to TripleP.net, “Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behavior and prevent problems from developing. Triple P is used in more 30 countries and has been shown to work across cultures, socio-economic groups and in many different kinds of family structures.”

In the meantime, the Family Resource Network offers a range of support groups and workshop opportunities including Moms Matter, a Virtual Book Club, a Special Needs Support Group, and Mother’s Grace, which is an eight-week post-partum support group facilitated by AHS.

For more about how the Network can help, call 403-896-3408 or email karen.white@mcmancentral.ca.

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