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Family Ties is a voluntary, early intervention program that provides support to families with children aged seven to 17 to strengthen family functioning for up to three years.

Parents are supported to create a nurturing and safe family environment, build resiliency within themselves and their children, build new social connections, and learn about positive parenting and child development.

Parents set goals with a YMCA Family Worker, and over time the parent is supported to review, assess and update these goals. Parents can take parenting courses and to learn through peer-to-peer interactions with other parents. 

YMCA Family Workers may meet with families in their homes, in a community setting or at the YMCA. There is additional contact and support available by phone and email, as necessary.

How to access Family Ties:

  • Contact a Family Ties supervisor about the program
  • Complete an assessment questionnaire to help identify family strengths and areas in which families need support
  • Once intake is completed, families can use one-to-one support and/or participate in several other Family Ties program groups

Family ties is available in the Edmonton Capital Region and the Grande Prairie Region.

For more information contact:
Edmonton Capital Region - Family Ties Supervisor at 780-426-9259

Grande Prairie Region - Family Ties Supervisor at 780-357-7444