Help & Support
Are you feeling overwhelmed and looking for some help? We work with our clients as advocates and support them within the context of the ministry mandates. Our goal is to support families in becoming healthy, autonomous and thrive within our community.
Are you looking to go back to school & get your diploma? Educational opportunities are within our community but can be confusing to navigate. Our outreach worker can help with finding programs of interest, helping with enrolment, finding childcare and more.
Are you struggling to find housing for you and your kids? Safe, stable and affordable housing is the key to supporting young families as they move forward. We can help find, secure and maintain housing for young mothers and their children in our community.
About Young Parent Outreach & Support
Our Young Parent Outreach program is a dynamic resource providing services and support to young pregnant women, young mom’s and dad’s, and their children in the Greater Victoria area. These support services – provided by The Cridge Centre for the Family – are designed to give young pregnant women and young moms and dad’s the help and support network they need to have healthy babies and to be effective, successful parents. The purpose of this site and support service is to provide resources for young parents and families in the Greater Victoria area. The site contains informative articles, blog postings and video clips on topics ranging from teen pregnancy, parenting newborns to general advice on how to baby proof your house. We’ve also included a list of helpful online links to other important young parenting and pregnancy support resources.
The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program offers support, mentoring and advocacy to young parents as they endeavour to have healthy babies, develop their parenting skills, and pursue their educational and employment goals.
Receive valuable information on resources for young parents as well as updates and reminders on upcoming events and opportunities.
Article by: ERIN MARIE DALY, GENERATION RX Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from the upcoming book "Generation Rx: A Story of Dope, Death, And America's Opiate Crisis" by Erin Marie Daly, a former legal journalist. Daly's 20-year-old brother...read more
The following video was produced by the Israeli Association of Rape Crisis Centres. The clip is a short animated movie for parent and kids. The intension of this venture is, on one hand, to guide parents on how to identify CSA, and, on the other hand, encourage...read more
Earlier this year, a New York City woman—I’ll call her Mary—tried to leave her abusive husband. She contacted a shelter, but the shelter wouldn’t take pets. Nor would any other shelter in the city. Mary’s son said he couldn’t leave his three cats behind. And so, since Mary couldn’t leave without her son, she stayed outside the shelter system.read more
A hard hitting documentary which follows a journalist as he explores the harsh underbelly of the California drug sceneread more
No one brings dinner when your daughter is an addict. When my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, we ate well. Mary Beth and I had both read the terrifying pathology report of a tumor the size of an olive. The surgical digging for lymph nodes was followed by months...read more
You're 19, officially an adult. Happy birthday. Now get out of the house. As parents, few of us would take such a brutal approach. Yet in our role as citizens that is exactly the style we adopt toward teenagers "in care" of the Crown -- for whom the government is,...read more
Nicole Andrews The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program firstname.lastname@example.org As a busy Mom, these are some of my tips that I use every day to try and make my life a little easier. I have two kids and my partner has four, so every other week we become a family of...read more
In the world of parenting there are a million choices we have to make. How will we diaper and clothe our children? Are we going to baby wear or push them in stroller? Are we going to follow traditional feeding choices when introducing solids or follow baby-led...read more
Young dads can be great fathers. You are young, fun, and have lots of energy (sometimes). This is a great time to get involved in your child's life. You can support your baby's mother emotionally throughout the pregnancy, perhaps attend prenatal classes or Dr....read more