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Family Preservation

Through the Family Preservation and Reunification Program we work with families whose children are at risk of losing their family placement or leaving their family or are already out of their family home through therapeutic, multiple-component interventions.

We work to keep children with their families and reduce the risk of child maltreatment by changing behaviours and increasing skills. The primary goal of the program is to either maintain the child’s placement, family unit or reunite families.

The program offers intensive in-home family service aimed at reducing risk factors identified Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) social workers. Service includes counseling, parenting support, therapeutic groups, therapeutic visitation, case coordination, and concrete support to families.

We recognize housing, respite, and financial challenges are affecting many families in the Sea to Sky Corridor. SSCS offers programs that handle these specific needs, and individuals are encouraged to access them directly.


Families currently receiving support from the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD). Child must reside locally and be under the age of 19.

Starting the Journey – Referral and Intake Process

New referrals are sent by MCFD to the program manager for review. The manager looks at eligibility criteria and the needs of the family to determine the best therapeutic fit between available counsellors.

If service is accepted, the MCFD social worker schedules a foundation meeting with the family and the Family and Youth Outreach Counsellor.  In the foundation meeting, the social worker and counsellor review the terms of service, consent and confidentiality with the family, as well as build the goals for service in collaboration with the family.

From there, the counsellor conducts a needs assessment and works with the family and the MCFD social worker to develop an individualized service plan.

Family Preservation files are typically 6 months in length, with the possibility of extension.

Referral Form

MCFD faxes completed referral forms to Sea to Sky Community Services, with attention to Stevie Madden, Manager of Adult and Family Services. Tel: 604-892-5796 ext. 224, Fax: 604-892-2267

This program is funded by the Province of British Columbia.

Family Support and Preservation contact information

Stevie Madden, Manager of Adult and Family Services 604 815 7022,


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