History

Westcoast Family Centres Society began providing services in 1984 with a dedicated group of 10 staff and 9 board members. We began with a philosophy and objective towards strengthening families so that they could function to the benefit of all their members. Between 1985 and 1989, we grew from one to six locations: North Shore, Tri-Cities, Ridge Meadows, and three in Vancouver.

Our organization became known for our work in providing Intensive Parenting Programs to the Vancouver and Fraser Region communities. We enjoyed a long period of stability and carried on our work proudly.

Our Agency constantly looked for new research on best practices and in partnership with United Way; we developed a standardized assessment tool to measure outcomes.

As a community-based non-profit organization, we are best known for our work in offering programs to children and families experiencing difficulties, to children at risk and to individuals looking to improve their parenting skills.

Our multi-service organization continues to deliver child-centered, family focused programs, respecting the dignity and integrity of all family members. We are primarily funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, as well as generous support from other organization including United Way of Lower Mainland and other community partners.

In 2001, we were one of the first BC agencies to become accredited by the Council On Accreditation (COA) and since then, we have been reaccredited 4 times. Now with over 100 employees, dedicated volunteers, we continuing to keep children at the centre of our work, creating a positive impact for children, families and communities.

We have succeeded in continuing to grow, develop and explore new modalities of service. We have succeeded because:

  • we provide effective, excellent service
  • we are flexible and adaptive
  • we are professional
  • we are accessible
  • we are culturally diverse
  • we stick to our core values and,

most of all, because our strength is in the skill and the passion of our board and staff to support and facilitate strengthening relationship between children & families and families & their communities.

 

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