All of the programs listed below involve a placement in a Care Family home. Care Families are people in the community, contracted by Boys & Girls Club of Greater Victoria, to provide caring and consistent family environments for vulnerable youth. Care Families provide a youth with a safe and supportive home while they access Boys & Girls Club programs. The populations served by Youth and Family Services are: youth experiencing issues of sexual exploitation, youth wanting to change their relationship with substances, young women who are pregnant or in the early months of parenting. Each youth has an assigned Youth and Family Counsellor, who provides support to the youth and the youth's family of origin.
Youth Prenatal & Parenting Program (YP3) (Formerly CHPP)
The Youth Prenatal & Parenting Program (formerly Care Home Parenting Program) helps young women who are pregnant or in the early months of parenting (aged 15-21) through a combination of housing, life skills training and counselling. The program specifically supports women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Through supported independent living in a stable and caring environment, the young moms can acquire the skills needed to reach their potential as independent women and skilled parents.
Anyone can make a referral to the Youth Prenatal & Parenting Program.
Click here to see the YP3 brochure.
Click here for the YP3 Youth Orientation Handbook
Best Babies is a free program is for pregnant women needing extra support due to limited resources, family violence, poverty, addictions, food insecurity, isolation and/or health issues, including emotional and cognitive difficulties. Women can remain in the group from pregnancy until their baby is 6 months of age. The Best Babies services are offered through a team of professionals including a VIHA Public Health Nurse, VIHA Dietitian, dental hygienist and the Program Support and Outreach Worker. The services include:
• Lunch and Cooking demonstrations
• Nutrition education
• Pre and post natal education
• Prenatal vitamins
• Food Vouchers at attendance
• Connections to VIHA and other community resources
We help participants to:
• Identify goals for their pregnancy
• Develop plans for birth and early parenting
• Explore income and housing options
• Discuss partner and/or family relationships
• Provide extra support
• Discover local programs for new parents
Best Babies operates at the Child, Youth & Family Centre on Wale Road in Colwood. Please contact 250.217.6787 for more information
Supportive Recovery Care Homes are designed to provide a safe, supportive home for youth wanting to deal with their drug and alcohol issues who may also be dealing with other issues, including mental health challenges. Youth accepted into the program are between the ages of 13 and 19, male, female, or transgender, and have voluntarily asked to be in this program.
Referrals are made by the youth’s Alcohol and Drug Counsellor with Vancouver Island Health Authority.
Click to download brochures for Supportive Recovery: Youth & Family brochure / Professional brochure.
Turning Point is a program for youth between the ages of 12 to 19, male, female or transgendered, who are dealing with issues of personal safety.
Referrals are invited from any concerned individuals.
Referrals for all of the above programs should be directed to:
Supervisor - Youth and Family Services
Phone: 250.384.9133 ext. 204
CARF International accreditation demonstrates a program’s quality, transparency, and commitment to the satisfaction of the persons served. CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services.
Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria has been accredited by CARF for our Youth Prenatal & Parenting, Supportive Recovery, and Turning Point Programs.