Parenting Across Cultures
Parenting across Cultures is a two day workshop targeted towards newly arrived parents. This workshop provides parents with information about the child protection system and relevant Canadian laws. The sessions also cover healthy relationships and violence, discipline, supervision of children, daily routines and the importance of school for children. All Government Assisted Refugees and Privately Sponsored Refugees who are eligible for this workshop will be invited to attend once they are settled in their permanent accommodations.

Mommy and PALS
Mommy and PALS is a group offered by our Community Connections and Social Work teams for stay at home moms and their young children. This group brings together stay at home mothers to socialize and learn new skills. During these groups activities could range from learning something new such as baking and sewing or bringing in a guest speaker from a local community organization. This group is offered to all Government Assisted Refugees and Privately Sponsored Refugees.

Healthy Baby Club and collaboration with Refugee Health Clinic
The Association for New Canadians works very closely with the Refugee Health Clinic (RHC). The RHC is located in St. John’s and many new arrivals will be patients at the clinic. ANC staff liaise with the public health nurse on site to ensure clients’ needs are being met. The support the clinic provides to families and parents could range from health checkups to prenatal and newborn appointments. The RHC works very closely with settlement staff at the ANC and will send referrals to the appropriate department if there is something we need to follow up on.

The Healthy Baby Club is supported by our public health nurse at RHC. This group provides prenatal nutrition and education to parents/families who are clients at ANC. This program promotes healthy pregnancy and healthy newborns. The public health nurse will also communicate with ANC social workers on new pregnancies so the social workers can complete an application to Mother Baby Nutrition Supplement.

ANConnect (for any newcomer, not specific to parenting)

ANConnect is a free, virtual mental health counselling service. ANConnect offers brief, single session counselling to adult newcomers across Newfoundland and Labrador. This service is for any newcomer regardless of their immigration status or where they call home.

Newcomers Guide:
This guide is intended for newcomers settling in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), Canada and contains basic information about:

  • information for parents, children and youth
  • what should be the first steps to take when you have just arrived
  • essential Canadian documents and how to obtain them
  • elementary aspects of everyday living in Canada and on the Island

This information will help you settle easier and faster, so you can enjoy your new environment and participate in society to your fullest potential

Link: https://www.ancnl.ca/newcomers-guide/information-for-parents-children-youth/#

Telephone
709 722-9680 or 1-833-222-0921

The Momma Moments Program is a peer-to-peer support and strengths-based group for young parents or pregnant mothers.  It provides moms and their children with wrap-around support to navigate the challenges of motherhood, which they often face in addition to social isolation, financial demands, and limited social and family support. Momma Moments currently operates in St. John's and Conception Bay South, where groups meet once a week for programming that emphasizes overall wellness - mental, physical, spiritual, and social - for both mother and child. Young mothers have access to healthy recreational activities, as well as resources and discussions on topics of family building, income supports, mental health, education, nutrition, and more. In addition, staff act as advocates for the well-being of mothers and their children. Volunteers provide child minding services, and staff and volunteers of Momma Moments prepare meals for moms and kids - with extra to take home. The young mothers and kids in this program work hard to overcome challenges and build brighter futures. By combining healthy interventions for the moms, and taking a prevention approach with the kids, this program ambitiously works towards intergenerational change by breaking cycles of poverty and homelessness.

Peer-to-peer support and strengths-based group for young parents or pregnant mothers. Provides Moms and children with wrap-around supports.

Address
12-16 Carter's Hill Place, St. John's, NL A1C 6N5
Telephone
(709) 754-3047
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Parent child centre in the St. John's area designed to meet the diverse, complex needs of families. Recognizing parents as the primary influence in their children’s lives, Daybreak fosters opportunities for positive parent-child interactions by encouraging the participation of parents in their children’s education and development. Daybreak supports the development of healthy children in the context of family and the family within community.

Address
74 The Boulevard
St. John's, NL
A1A 1K2
Telephone
709 726-8373

Programs, supports, and resources to enhance the social, mental, educational, and physical development of children, age 0-6, and their families in a safe and inclusive environment. For a complete listing of Family Resource Centres and their associated satellite offices in Newfoundland and Labrador, visit https://www.childcare.gov.nl.ca/public/ccr/centres.

Prenatal nutrition and education support program offered through community-based Family Resource Centres. The objective is to support healthy nutrition during the pregnancy and early post-natal period and to promote healthy pregnancy and newborn outcomes. Healthy Baby Club actively supports healthy lifestyles for people who are pregnant using a peer support model with a team approach. Support is offered to the participants by a resource mother or other healthy baby club staff, as well as other club participants. Staff work closely with the other family resource centre team members, the public health nurse and the regional nutritionist to provide prenatal education and support.

Please contact the Family Resource Centre closest to you by clicking the link below.

The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program® is a group experience for families with babies and young children. The program focuses on introducing participants to the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories in their everyday lives. The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program® is a preventative, early intervention program that nurtures the attachment between parent and child.

For more information email: info@mothergoosenl.ca

Perinatal Program Newfoundland and Labrador (PPNL) is a province wide program that establishes guidelines for perinatal care, provides education to health care providers, advocates prevention and health promotion, supports research and quality assurance initiatives, and provides decision makers and researchers with information form its databases.

Nobody’s Perfect (NP) is a nationally recognized parent support and education program for parents of children from birth to age five. It is a free and voluntary parenting program designed to meet the needs of parents who are new, young, single, socially or geographically isolated or who have low income or limited formal education offered in community Family Resource Centres throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.  As a strengths based program, it works with parents where they are, is based on what parents want to learn about while giving you and your child a safe place to meet others with children of the same age and with whom they share interests & concerns.  Programs are offered in person and virtually.

For more information contact: michellemurray@gov.nl.ca

This Facebook support group is for parents/primary caregivers of LGBTQ kids and youth - with a particular focus on support for parents with kids who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual or questioning their sexuality. This group is private and only people in the group can see who is a member or what is posted. If you are interested in joining this group simply click on “Join Group” and you will be asked a few screening questions or email parentsoflgbtqyouthnl@gmail.com for more information.

Single Parent Association of Newfoundland and Labrador provides supports, through a Foodbank, Employment Support Program, Back to School and Christmas projects, to single parent families in our province. This approach enables single parents to regain control over their lives for the empowerment of themselves and their children.

For more information please contact: span@spanl.ca

Telephone
(709) 738-3401

Telephone and/or online programs for youth, ages 3-17 years old, and their families, experiencing behavioral or mental health problems.

Call 1-866-470-7111 or visit www.strongestfamilies.com

Telephone
1 (866) 470-7111

FASDNL is a pan-provincial organization working to educate, provide supports and resources, and raise awareness about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). FASDNL provides FASD training and offers a monthly group for parents and caregivers. Visit www.fasdnl.ca