Mother and Child Play
Indigenous Early Years

Family Support Worker Program

The Family Support Worker (FSW) Program offers educational and cultural programs to foster a strong and healthy family unit.

The FSW Program is available to families with children ages 0-18.

Working with the Ministry of Children & Family Development and the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services, the FSW Program connects families to community resources and culture

The Family Support Worker Program supports Indigenous families with children through:

  • Linking families to community-based activities/services
  • Providing holistic spiritual, emotional, mental and physical support
  • Empowering parents by using a strength-based approach
  • Guiding families to learn new life skills
  • Delivering training and educational programs such as Bringing Tradition Home, Nobody’s Perfect Parenting and My Tween and Me
  • Offering Traditional programs such as Seven Sacred Teachings, Medicine Wheel Theory, Dream Catchers weaving and Crafts, Medicine Bag sewing and Moccasin making
  • Accompany parents to mediations and court proceedings and offer documentation to MCFD and other agencies
  • Assist with and support family reunification

The benefits for parent and child:

  • Empowerment for families to become more active in their community
  • Family Support Programs offer flexible delivery options – in the home, office or community visits and various Neighbourhood Houses throughout Vancouver
  • Support for positive parent-child relationships
  • Access to cultural knowledge and activities
  • Learning, growing and strengthening families and the urban Indigenous community


We work in partnership with these wonderful community centers in East Vancouver, who host a Family Support Worker and provide IEY services from these locations:

  • Britannia Community Services Centre
  • Cedar Cottage Neighborhood House
  • Kiwassa Neighborhood House
  • Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House
  • South Vancouver Neighborhood House


Contact us

717 Princess Avenue, Vancouver


Ask for Team Leader Monica Howard


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