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Going Through the Holiday Season on Your Own
News Posted On Nov 30, 2019

Going Through the Holiday Season on Your Own

Being alone through the holiday season can be a painful time. For some people, the holiday season means spending quality time with family, sharing a meal, and maybe even sharing gifts. For others, this time of year may not feel cheery and is not the…

Upcoming Fairs and Markets
News Posted On Nov 25, 2019

Upcoming Fairs and Markets

Is it time to get your creativity flowing? These upcoming art fairs and markets could help spark your inspiration and get you started on your holiday shopping! Enjoy hand-made items, local goods, and live entertainment at these upcoming events.  …

Leanne's Story
News Posted On Nov 12, 2019

Leanne's Story

Leanne's daughter struggled with her mental health which led to drug addiction and criminal offences. Being in and out of jail, she lost guardianship of her children. Right away, Leanne knew that she wanted to care for her two grandchildren. However,…

Ten Symptoms of Burnout
News Posted On Nov 01, 2019

Ten Symptoms of Burnout

Burnout can affect not only your work but also your relationships and your health. It’s important to know what burnout is and its symptoms so you can spot them quickly and take steps to intervene. Burnout is the effect of chronic, long-term stress.…

7 Signs of a Healthy Relationship
News Posted On Oct 01, 2019

7 Signs of a Healthy Relationship

We all deserve to be in a healthy relationship. Simply put, a healthy relationship brings out the best in you. Here are seven signs to look for: 1. You trust each otherYou trust your partner, meaning you have confidence in them, can rely on them, and…

Safe Visitation Update
News Posted On Aug 27, 2019

Safe Visitation Update

The Family Centre no longer offers supervised/safe visitation services. If you require this type of service, please refer to the alternatives listed below:1. Family ConnectionsFamily Connections is accepting new clients who need court-ordered supervised…

Ainsley's Story
News Posted On Aug 27, 2019

Ainsley's Story

Ainsley, a burly and tough security guard, found out how strong he truly was after joining Strive. At first, Ainsley was hesitant to join the therapeutic group for men recommended by his mental health therapist. He didn’t feel comfortable opening up…

Top 4 Tips for a Healthy Family Environment
News Posted On Jul 31, 2019

Top 4 Tips for a Healthy Family Environment

Talk to any busy mom or dad, and you know that raising a family can be a challenging undertaking. We usually develop our family structure based on how we were raised. It’s often referred to as our “normal” and the only thing we know. These behaviours…

Building Positive Communication in Your Relationship
News Posted On Jun 30, 2019

Building Positive Communication in Your Relationship

Conflict in Relationships is Normal Are you and your partner arguing more? Do you feel unappreciated for the things you do in the relationship? Are you constantly feeling like you need to defend yourself? Do you both withdraw and refuse to talk? You’re…

Low Cost Summer Activities
News Posted On Jun 28, 2019

Low Cost Summer Activities

Are you looking for fun, inexpensive things to do with your family this summer? Besides watching the K Days Parade and dipping into the pools at the Legislature, there are many other activities in our city that won’t break your bank. The Priceless…

Mary's Story
News Posted On Jun 24, 2019

Mary's Story

Mary was but one of the people drastically affected by the Fort McMurray forest fires. She lost her job that supported her and her stay-at-home husband in Edmonton. Mary was then forced back to Edmonton, a city she was not familiar with. Shortly after…

Children & Chores
News Posted On May 31, 2019

Children & Chores

Helping around the house allows children to practice skills they will need all their lives, such as setting the table, organizing a room, and preparing meals.  Chores also give children something productive to do.  We have all heard children say, “What…

Brittany’s Story
News Posted On May 27, 2019

Brittany’s Story

Brittany, 21, recently completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Alberta and started her career as a registered nurse. When she was in junior high, she received supports from The Family Centre. “I had been dealing with some…

The Rainbow Pages Gets a Platform Upgrade
News Posted On May 23, 2019

The Rainbow Pages Gets a Platform Upgrade

Online access to our LGBTQ+ resource guide, The Rainbow Pages, is available through our new and improved website. Transitioning into adulthood can be tough, finding resources shouldn’t have to be! The upgraded platform is a safe space where youth…

Do You Know How to Manage Your Stress?
News Posted On Apr 30, 2019

Do You Know How to Manage Your Stress?

Stress is a part of our everyday life. We can experience good stress (such as getting married or beginning a new job) or bad stress, such as losing a beloved pet. Human beings are designed to respond and react to stress as a survival strategy. Our bodies…

Patricia's Story
News Posted On Apr 17, 2019

Patricia's Story

You don’t always get to choose your family but Patricia was glad she could. There were no doubts in her mind when she decided to care for her ex partner’s son, Jon. Jon’s early life was spent moving back and forth between cities, homes, and caregivers.…

Trauma-Informed Culture at The Family Centre
News Posted On Apr 01, 2019

Trauma-Informed Culture at The Family Centre

In the fall of 2016, The Family Centre embarked on a journey to becoming a trauma-informed agency. This came after several years of increasing our knowledge in brain development, attachment, the impacts of trauma, and poverty as a systemic issue. We…

Kassidy's Story
News Posted On Mar 25, 2019

Kassidy's Story

Kassidy’s entire life was spent in and out of the social service system. Her parents separated three times throughout her childhood before her father moved away. Growing up, Kassidy’s father had a drinking problem and she was never able to build…

What To Do When Your Child Lies
News Posted On Feb 19, 2019

What To Do When Your Child Lies

Why do children lie? It might be disappointing to catch your child in a lie, but it is a normal stage in child development. Young children around 3 and 4 often lie just to avoid a punishment or to receive a reward.  For example, a child who spilled…

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