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The Healing Power of Drumming

Watch Asha's story. Sitting down with a drum can be a spiritual experience, says Darcy Turning Robe, who teaches the drumming circle every Tuesday as part of Closer to Home’s Ee-Des-Spoom- Ooh-Soop program. “The drum itself has its own spirit,” he continues. “Every drum speaks to a person.” That was Read more

May 9th, 2019|

Top 10 Myths About Foster Care

1. I can’t be a foster parent, because I don’t have parenting experience. Truth: No parenting experience is needed to become a foster parent. Many people with various backgrounds choose fostering. Although parenting experience is not necessary, you will need to meet certain criteria and participate in screening and assessment for Read more

May 9th, 2019|

Making Summer Camp Accessible for All Kids

When Lena* and her family first came to Canada as refugees two years ago, they found it challenging to restart their lives. Mom and Dad both had strong educational backgrounds from their home country, but their degrees were not recognized in Canada. Living on Vancouver Island, they also struggled to Read more

May 9th, 2019|

Top 4 Tips From Our Foster Parents

Check it out! Our Closer to Home Foster Parents gave us their best advice on fostering: “Be compassionate with these kids, who don’t have their parents at their side, and give them so much love because that’s what they are hungry for.” “Don’t be afraid to fail. Closer to Home Read more

February 7th, 2019|

6 Reasons You’ll Know You’re Ready to Be a Foster Parent

Did the movie Instant Family inspire you to explore becoming a Foster Parent?  Closer to Home is looking for more loving foster families to provide temporary homes to the more than 7,000 foster children in Alberta. Anyone can become a foster parent, but there are a few things you need Read more

January 11th, 2019|

How Can I Be an Effective Advocate for My Child During Parent/Teacher Interviews?

At my child’s parent/teacher interview at school, I received some information that I wasn’t expecting.  How can I be an effective advocate for my child during the next parent/teacher interview? As a parent and foster parent myself, I understand how it can be surprising to hear information about your child Read more

October 18th, 2018|

Viewpoints: Preventing Crisis with Mental Health Support

As mental health continues to be an important and popular topic in the media and popular culture, the staff in our Viewpoints program hope to continue connecting with youth in Airdrie to facilitate discussions about self-care and developing positive behaviours that support mental health. Jodie Moffatt, Community Outreach Worker for Read more

August 6th, 2018|

How Do I Know My Child Has Reached Her Developmental Milestones?

It seems like my child has not reached milestones like other children her age.  How do I know she is ready and how do I know she is developing on par? This is a question that we hear a lot from parents. All parents want to ensure that their children Read more

August 6th, 2018|

Summer in the City: Impacting More Than Just Kids

Growing up, Shahd was a shy young girl. “I kind of had this bubble I was always in,” she recalls. Then she came to Closer to Home (CTH)’s  summer day camp program, Summer in the City. “I didn’t talk to anyone or participate in anything for the first few days,” Read more

May 10th, 2018|

How do I help my son cope with big emotions?

As a parent of a 9 year old, I find it challenging at times to help my son manage his emotions. Although he is young, he is experiencing grownup feelings he does not understand. As the world around him expands, how do I help him cope with these big emotions Read more

May 10th, 2018|

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