Services for Children & Youth

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Child & Youth Services provides a wide variety of services to children and youth with special needs.  To access any of these services, you will need to  request a referral from a Social Worker from the Ministry of Children & Family Development – Child & Youth with Special Needs Division (MCFD-CYSN).  Child & Youth Services provides services after school hours and on Weekends (September – June) and daytime hours, Monday – Friday during the summer months (July & August). See below for a list of the various services that are offered.

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The Children’s Community Respite Program provides parents and primary caregivers with a needed break from the responsibilities of full-time care-giving.  Respite provides family with time to focus on building relationships with other family members and friends, or simply having some time for themselves.

Respite Care gives children with special needs an opportunity to participate in a wide range of experiences that promote growth and development. Relationship building outside of the family unit and the opportunity to experience new activities and environments are conducive to building self-confidence and a sense of belonging in the larger community.

Carefully screened respite caregivers provide support either in home or community.

For more information about Community Respite for Children contact Karen Slingerland (Community Respite Manager) by email:  karen.slingerland@cscl.org or by telephone:  604-846-2017.

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This is an after school program for children with special needs.  The program is offered between September – June, Tuesdays through Fridays.

Kidz Club focuses on spending time with peers in a social environment, appropriate relationship building, friendships, and community access.  Children usually attend one day per week.

For information about Kidz Club, contact Aileen Mathews (Manager – Child & Youth Services) at aileen.mathews@cscl.org or 604-846-2016.

This is a fully integrated summer day camp program for children 6 to 12 years of age.  The focus of this program is to provide an energetic and fun theme-based day camp experience during the months of July and August.

All children are welcome to attend (regardless of abilities).  Children can register for a few days each week, or for a few full weeks.  Spaces fill up quickly – so register early!

For more information about Summer ‘Scapes Day Camp, contact Aileen Mathews (Manager – Child & Youth Services) at aileen.mathews@cscl.org or 604-846-2016.

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Teen Clubs are offered year round to youth between the ages of 13-18 years of age in the Chilliwack Community. Between September – June, teen clubs are offered after school hours (between 3:00pm – 9:00pm), Tuesdays – Saturdays.  During the summer months (July and August), teen clubs are offered during daytime hours from Monday – Friday.

There are a variety of clubs offered based on the interest of the teens.  Some of the various programs that are offered are:

  • Singing Program
  • Drama Program
  • Cooking Programs
  • Dance Programs
  • Eco-Warriors Program
  • Girls ONLY Program
  • Craft Program
  • Recreation Programs

For more information about Teen Clubs, contact Aileen Mathews (Manager – Child & Youth Services) at aileen.mathews@cscl.org or 604-846-2015.

 

CSCL Child & Youth One to One

CSCL will provide 1:1 supports for children/youth in a variety of settings and pursuits, addressing their specific needs and gals. Child/Youth Care Workers provide support for a contracted number of hours each week, for a limited time-period, based on the family’s and child/youths circumstances and needs.

 

For more information about Individualized Services contact Aileen Mathews (Manager – Child & Youth Services) at aileen.mathews@cscl.org or 604-846-2015.

 

CSCL Child & Youth Services Small Groups

Youth between the ages of 15 and 18 are offered the opportunity to develop a plan towards achieving their transition goals; the things they would like to achieve as they move on from Child and Youth Services. In small groups, they are given supports and training by a Support Worker in things such as:

  • Being a part of the community
  • Developing independence and life skills
  • Training to prepare for finding a job

There is limited space available each year and priority may be given to those closest to being adults or in greatest need of the service.

For more information about Individualized Services contact Aileen Mathews (Manager – Child & Youth Services) at aileen.mathews@cscl.org or 604-846-2015.

 

CSCL Child & Youth Services Hope Summer Program

This program is for children/youth who live in the Agassiz & Hope communities. The program may be similar to the Summer Scapes Day Camp Program ( for younger children who are aged 6-12 years old) or it could be similar to the Teen Clubs ( for youth who are aged 13-18 years).

Children/youth attend during daytime hours, between 10:00am and 3:00pm. The program is operated out of the Grace Baptist Church. There is a registration fee each semester and sometimes there are additional activity costs. Two to three staff members run this program.

 

CSCL’s BRIDGE program supports 18 to 24 year olds to work towards obtaining paid employment.

Youth are passionate, vital, and eager to make a difference and be part of their communities. Young people bring many benefits to the workplace, including energy, adaptability, technological skill, and new perspectives. By supporting Youth with diversabilities in gaining employment, our aim is to help develop businesses in our community to truly reflect their customers. Well rounded staffing teams, including employees with developmental disabilities, reflect the values and ideals of the Chilliwack community, while helping to improve business culture and benefiting the bottom line of local employers.

For more information about Bridge contact Natalie Karam (Associate Director – Youth & Transition Services) at natalie.karam@cscl.org or 604-846-2015.

CSCL’s Respitality Program provides parents of a child with a disability a chance for rest and rejuvenation in a welcoming and comfortable environment while their child receives respite care. Participating parents in this program receive a complimentary overnight stay for two in a hotel, bed-and-breakfast or resort, which may include meals.

CSCL’s Respitality Program would not be available without the support of the following community partners:

 
For information about these services, please call CSCL’s Home Office at 604-792-7726

 

CSCL Child & Youth Services Handbook

For more detailed information about CSCL Child & Youth Services please see the CSCL Child & Youth Services Handbook, or feel free to contact us.

CSCL Child & Youth Services Handbook
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