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          Youth Development-Outreach Program

The Outreach Program provides services to “high risk” youth ages 13-19 who may be disconnected from their homes or may be involved in risk-taking behaviours.

Services will help youth focus on improving individual    competencies and increase connections to community resources and supports and assist them toward stability in the home.

This program will focus on providing service in a culturally competent manner and in supportive, goal oriented relationship with the youth.

Youth can self-refer or be referred by MCFD, CYMH, NIFCSS, ACYMH, NCFS and RCMP.  There is often no formal intake done for this service at the onset.


Family Development

The Family Development program provides support to children and youth within the family and assist the family to develop the capacity to meet its own needs.

Families are referred to this program by:  MCFD, CYSN, NCFS, ACYMH, NIFCSS, CYMH or self-referred on a fee for service basis.

Services Include

· Assisting with goal development and creating an individual case plan with family/caregiver involvement.

· One on one  &/or group work with the child, youth, and/or the family, to encourage positive growth towards set goals.

· One on one work with Parents/caregivers to strengthen  parenting capacity and family preservation.

Regular service reviews are held with the family and other professionals involved including the referring source to ensure that the services offered meet the needs of persons served and adjust goals are adjusted or changed as needed.


Children & Youth with Special Needs

Parent Support

Parents/Caregivers receive one-on-one support designed to strengthen parental skills and support them in their role as caregivers.

The objectives of one-on-one support are: To maintain or enhance the integrity, independence and quality of life for families by strengthening their capacity to manage their circumstances.

Parents will gain knowledge in areas of:

·  Child Management Skills

·  Connecting to Community Resources

· Connecting to other parents with similar concerns    for mutual support

·  Community Integration 

·   Recreational Opportunities for children

·   Household Management

·  Personal Development Skills Health Education

Child & Youth Care Services

Goal orientated and outcome focused services to eligible children, youth and their families.  Staff provide direct assistance in skills development that improves the child or youth’s development, supports their participation in community life and assists in building the capacity of families to manage their children's special needs.

Children & Youth with Special Needs services are contracted through MCFD.  Referrals are received from CYSN.


Group work with Children/Families

· Social Skills (for children 12 years and younger

· Boys Youth Group (age 12 to 18 years)

· Girls Youth Group (age 12 to 18 years)

· Multi-Family Anxiety Group*

The aim of these groups is to support the participants to develop the capacity to meet their own needs through instruction, practice, skill development and connection to community resources.

Referrals come from: MCFD, CYSN, NCFS, ACYMH, NIFCSS or CYMH. *Multi-Family anxiety group referral is specific to CYMH and ACYMH.



The Terrace Respite Home

The Respite Home is a licensed specialized staffed child care resource that provides respite services for children who live with their families in the Northwest. Families referred to the Respite Home have a child between the age of birth and 18 years who has been diagnosed with a developmental disability.

This program typically provides respite services to families upon referral from CYSN and on occasion a referral may be received from MCFD for children who are in care of the Ministry.

The number of days each child may utilize this program is determined by the CYSN/MCFD. Once a family is referred, the family must attend an intake meeting with the Respite Home supervisor prior to the services commencing.  Once the intake is completed families may call or email in their requests for scheduled bed-days up to their monthly bed-days on a month by month basis.

Families that use the program are encouraged to attend an annual stakeholders open house to provide us with feedback and input into the service. 


TDCSS Big Brothers Big Sisters of Terrace

TDCSS Big Brothers Big Sisters of Terrace offers a wide range of mentoring opportunities to meet the varied needs of volunteers, children and families.


Serving as role models, our mentors teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, of staying in school, and for having respect for family, peers and community.


Each time we pair a child with a mentor or a child/youth engages in a group program, we start something.


Find out more about our various programs by visiting the

National Website at:


You can learn more about the process of becoming a volunteer or support our various programs through a financial gift.


You can also contact us at (250) 635-4232 for more details about which programs are available in Terrace. Office hours are primarily Tuesday – Thursday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.


Whether it’s in the form of time or a donation of money to support our programs, there is no more important investment we as individuals can make than in helping our children realize – and share – their full potential.


Volunteers come from all walks of life and are all ages. There is a screening and training process for volunteers, though no special skills are required.  If you enjoy spending time with children and have even one hour/week, give us a call!


Our Mission: Is to provide a mentor to every child who needs one.


Our Programs: Are free to eligible families. We currently have four main program areas:

· Community - Based Mentoring: An adult volunteer (Big) spends 2-4 hours every week or two in the community with a child (Little) doing mutually agreed upon fun activities.

· In- School Mentoring: Adults (Mentors) interact with children (Mentees) that are referred by school personnel (grades 1—6). Mentors spend one hour a week, on school grounds, with their Mentee engaging in activities such as sports and crafts.

· Go Girls and Game On: Group mentoring programs for girls and boys age 11-14 years old with the focus on healthy eating, active lifestyle, and self-esteem.  Participants are referred by school personnel.

· Kids N Kops:  This is a one week day camp for children 9-14 years old that is held in partnership with the RCMP. The focus is on building positive relationships between youth and RCMP through fun activities and field trips. 


BBBS is supported in part through a community gaming grant that we apply for annually.  BBBS holds the Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser each spring, which is supported by local businesses, community donations and pledges.  BBBS gratefully accepts donations on an ongoing basis to deliver programs.  Donations can be made electronically  through the DONATE button on our website ( or mailed to/dropped off at our office. Tax receipts are provided upon request. 

“We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia”      



Fee for Service and Autism Support


Other services similar to those described in the handbook can be provided on a fee for service basis if a child/youth or family does not meet MCFD/CYSN’s criteria for the aforementioned contracted services.   Autism Support Services can also be provided on a fee for service basis.  We provide behaviour intervention and support services for families who have a child or youth with Autism.  When a family is eligible for autism funding for their child/youth, we can contract with the designated parent/guardian and invoice directly to the Autism Funding Unit.  When the parents/guardians contract directly with TDCSS YFS, fees must be submitted each month prior to service being delivered. 




Youth Development-Life Skills Program

The Life Skills Program provides one on one and group services to youth 15-18 years.  Youth are generally in the care or on a Youth Agreement.

Youth entering the program receive an assessment of their independent living skills. A plan is then developed with the youth and referring source and YFS staff Youth are assisted to develop skills necessary to adequately care for themselves in the community. youth are supported to learn basic life skills within the community, assist in problem solving and provide education so that informed decisions can be made.

Referrals come from: MCFD, NCFS, CYSN or NIFCSS.

The goal of this program is to help youth live an independent,  safe and healthy lifestyle.