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Services for Children

Children, aged 0 to 17.99 years, have access to a wealth of Developmental Services in Renfrew County.

Central Intake: Intake for all Children’s Developmental Services is done through Developmental Services Intake.  Anyone may make a referral provided they have the consent of the parent/caregiver.  The most common referral source is the parent, school, doctor and other health professional.  You will need to be able to provide some basic information about the child and to list any diagnosis which has already been made.  You may also wish to contact us to discuss your concerns so that we may direct you appropriately.

In recent years the high demand for service has resulted in a waitlist for some services. There is no waitlist for Service Coordination Services and most families are seen within two weeks of the referral date.

Infant and Child Development Services: Infant and Child Development Program is a home based program for children aged 0 to 5 years who are at risk of acquiring a developmental disability or have a diagnosis of developmental disability. Support for assisting in the child’s development, information and play activities are provided to the family. Public Education will be considered for Parent Groups and Professional Associations.  Service Plans are supervised by a Consulting Psychologist.

Service Coordination: Service Coordination provides Case Management and Advocacy services to parents/caregivers regarding available resources for their child with a confirmed diagnosis of Developmental Disability or are at risk of acquiring a developmental disability if they are 5.6 years of age or younger. Service Coordinators assist families to navigate and access services for their child, to apply for provincial and resources provided by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Ministry of Community and Social Services, to plan for the supports required by their child and to provide individualized advocacy services where requested. Service Coordinators provide Transitional Planning with our School Boards for Teens planning for their Adult Developmental Services. Service Coordinators also facilitate access to funds provided by Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County for specific respite and specialized supports. Service Coordinators are a knowledgeable community resource who will assist families with information and expertise regarding available supports.

Behaviour Services: The Behaviour Services Program provides skill development and intervention based upon applied analysis through a multidisciplinary team approach. Services are provided to an individual and their family service provider in their natural environment. Behaviour Services are available for children aged 2 to 17 years of age. Behaviour Services are supervised by a Consulting Behavioural Psychologist.

Communication Services:  The Communication Consultant assists in the implementation of recommended programs as a result of a Speech and Language Assessment and provides strategies to encourage the development of functional communication skills. The Communication Services plans for children are supervised by a Consulting Speech Language Pathologist.  All referrals for Children’s communication services must be received by Sprouting Speech with the Champlain Community Care and Access Centre and you may make your referral by calling 613-732-7007 X 5905.

Respite and Funding for Children:  A variety of funding packages are provided by Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County on behalf of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Ministry of Community and Social Services. There are unique criteria for each funding opportunity and you may review your needs with your Service Coordinator who will advise as to your eligibility for supportive funding. Some of these funds include In-Home Respite; Out of Home Respite, ASD Respite Support, and Community Enhancement for Complex Special Needs.  Some funds are provided only once per year while others are provided throughout the fiscal year.

Transitional Planning Services:  Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County is the Lead Community Service Agency for the Transition Planning Protocol which is completed with each School Board in Renfrew County. Youth, aged 14 to 17.999, and their families are supported to plan with their Board of Education and Service Coordinator for Adult Developmental Services. Key milestones, referrals and changes are discussed and prepared for in accordance with the wishes and values of the individual youth and family.  Other key transitions which are supported by Service Coordination and the Boards of Education include initial School Entry and transition from elementary to high school.

Referral for Adult Developmental Services:  Referral for Adult Developmental Services takes place two years before the child reaches adulthood. There are specific requirements and applications required of the process and the Service Coordinator will ensure that you have access to all information, forms and timelines so that critical milestones in preparing for the child’s adult life are not missed.