Bridges Family Programs provides a variety of programs and services for families living in Medicine Hat, Bow Island, Brooks, Oyen and surrounding areas. These programs include:
The Bridges Family HUB:
The Hub, part of the Family Resource Network (FRN) through Children’s Services, supports expectant parents, families, caregivers, and communities in protecting the safety and resiliency of infants, children, and youth within nurturing and supportive environments. Programs and services will support child safety, well-being, child/youth development, and will strengthen parenting and caregiver knowledge. The Hub is a center where families who have children 0-18 years can access information, referrals, and service coordination assistance.
Parent Education Groups:
Bridges Parent Education program offers parenting classes and groups which aim to strengthen parenting capacity. Some examples of groups held are: Triple P Parenting, Nurturing Parenting which includes Nurturing Fathers, a sensory group, and our successful Grandparents who are Parenting group.
Best Babies empowers pregnant women and new mothers to make healthy lifestyle choices by offering one on one support, nutritional counseling, social support, education and community referrals.
Building Blocks offers an individualized, home based program that gives families the opportunity to learn skills that promote health and social development and positive parent-child relationships.
The Bridges program collaboratively provides family support, service planning and community referrals. By listening to families and the community and providing information and support, the Bridges program builds on the family’s existing strengths for the betterment of children and their families.
FASD Assessment & Support Services (FASS):
Consultations for families who have children under the age of 18 and who have or are suspected of having FASD. FASS is committed to providing diagnostic, consultative and advocacy services for families and caregivers impacted by FASD.
First Steps will help mothers build and maintain safe, healthy, independent family lives for themselves and their family. In addition, First Steps is simultaneously committed to reducing the number of children exposed to drugs and alcohol.
Medicine Hat: 403-526-7473 (All Programs)
Brooks: 403-501-3862 (Best Babies, Building Blocks)
Bow Island: 403-545-6911 (Best Babies, Building Blocks)
Oyen: 403-526-7473 (Best Babies, Building Blocks)