BARRIE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE


Barrie Native Friendship Centre

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Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children

Deb Waylen, Program Coordinator


Barrie Native Friendship Centre

175 Bayfield Street

Barrie, ON  L4M 3B4


(T) 705-721-7689 ext 215

(F) 705-721-7418


Email: [email protected]


It is our goal to improve the quality of life for urban aboriginal people by promoting optimum physical, mental, spiritual and emotional development of high risk aboriginal children prenatal to age six.

 

"It takes a whole community to raise a child"

 

PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES


The purpose is to assist all aboriginal families to provide the best opportunities for healthy development for children up to 6 years of age.

An equally important goal is to ensure that children at risk have access to services and support that will address their needs.

The program is voluntary and open to any aboriginal family that requests the service. Aboriginal families may also access the provincial program via the local public health unit.

 

THE ABORIGINAL HEALTHY BABIES HEALTHY CHILDREN'S PROGRAM COMPONENTS ARE:


  • Preparation for parenting and care giving
  • Prenatal care
  • Postpartum care
  • Home visiting
  • Service coordination
  • Traditional teachings
  • Early identification/Child development

 

SERVICES OFFERED BY THE ABORIGINAL HEALTHY BABIES HEALTH CHILDREN'S PROGRAM ARE:


  • Home visiting
  • Information on and access to community resources
  • Referrals
  • Cultural teachings
  • Transportation assistance, hospital visits
  • Emergency supplies
  • Information on child development and milestones
  • Prenatal/Postnatal care
  • Advocacy and support with child welfare

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