F.O.R.C.E. - Families Organized for Recognition and Care Equality
EDUCATION & NAVIGATION
- promotes child and youth mental health
- provides families with information and skills on how to manage their child’s worries and anxiety
- shares information on what services or supports are available for families in child & youth
- mental health
- provides information to professionals on topics related to child and youth mental health from a parent’s perspective
- partners with others in creating information and resources that promote awareness and collaboration in child and youth mental health
- provides information to families that will enable them to know, and seek out, who does what and where to look for services and resources
- shares our own experiences and knowledge with others to exchange strengths and knowledge
- promotes prevention, early identification, and appropriate interventions
SUPPORT & ADVOCACY
- models and encourages respect between families and professionals
- assists families in learning how to identify and advocate for what is in the best interests of their child
- works to support and assist families within boundaries that allows the FORCE to support and assist other families
- provides opportunities for families to meet other families who’ve been there
- provides emotional support
- assists families in learning how to advocate effectively for their children or youth
- attends meetings, when possible, to assist in taking notes and represent another pair of ears for clarification of information for parents
- attempts to bridge the needs of families with the constraints of the systems serving children, youth and families
- assists in promoting mentorship and empowerment for parents
The F.O.R.C.E does not...
- judge families or professionals
- take on the role of Case Management
- take over locating services and resources for families; instead we will guide & assist families
- promote or provide information on practices that are not medically or clinically substantiated
- take sides against either professionals or families; instead we will encourage cooperation & conciliation
- partake in actions which go against best medical or clinical advice
- replace the parent in advocating for their child
The FORCE mandate is to support and empower families and work collaboratively with professionals and systems in understanding and meeting the mental health needs of families.
To promote and influence change in intervention and equality of care in children's mental health.
All families receive the appropriate care, support and resources needed for their children's mental health.
Board of Directors
The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health is committed to protecting the privacy of people whose personal information is obtained through responsible information management practices. Any personal information provided to The F.O.R.C.E. will only be used by authorized staff to fulfill the purpose for which it was originally collected, or for a use consistent with that purpose unless you expressly consent otherwise. We do not disclose your information to other public bodies or individuals.