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September 14, 2010 permalink

Children's Aid of Nipissing and Parry Sound

Parents are advised by a newspaper to go to a new website,, to get help in dealing with their troublesome children. A quick examination shows that most of the webpages end with the logo of the Children's Aid Society of Nipissing and Parry Sound.



Website helps parents, frontline workers find services for kids

Targets students in grades 7 to 12 at Mother St Bride Catholic Elementary School
Workers in social services, probation, school boards and other organizations that come in contact with children watched a demonstration of the website Friday at Mother St. Bride Catholic Elementary School.

Parents who are worried their kids are skipping school or dabbling in drugs are a click away from finding help.

"They struggle and look for answers," said Nipissing MPP Monique Smith.

"We do have an array of support. It's to be able to access it."

Teachers, social service workers, parents and children can go online to to find services in their area. One option is to choose whether the type of help needed is for prevention or if a situation has become a crisis, the age of the child and the type of issue such as addictions, suicide prevention, housing or health care.

The website demonstrated Friday at Mother St. Bride Catholic elementary school targets students in grades 7 to 12 and generates a list of age-appropriate services.

It's a starting point for parents, and a way to help frontline workers understand each other's services at a time when they're seeing more mental health issues, said Joanne Benard, superintendent of education with the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board.

The project started three years ago when the ministries of education and children and youth services asked that a committee be formed among school boards and mental health services.

The province has provided $65,000 annually for the past three years, and the list of organizations on the website is expected to grow as more groups come on board.

Source: North Bay Nugget