For some families, supporting the special needs of their children can be difficult due to lack of medical insurance plans, provincial coverage, or other forms of financial support. Financial barriers to providing specialized care can be a reason that families are unable to stay together and children become involved in the child welfare system. Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Stand Up for Kids Project is making a difference by helping families as they seek assessments and, eventually, treatment or resources for the physical and mental health needs of their children.
Meet CARTER* and ELIJAH*,
two of four siblings who returned to their mother after living in care and who have been identified as having special needs. With help from Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and its generous Stand Up for Kids Project donors, their mother was able to gain access to specialized supports to help the children with sensory processing, visual perception, motor integration, and their Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities (LD) diagnoses. This included things like an assessment from an Occupational Therapist so that they could receive specialized assistance in their classrooms.
“Being on income assistance with no medical plans, these types of assessments were not covered and funding through the provincial community services department was also unavailable to us.”
– CARTER and ELIJAH’s mother.
The children were able to complete their assessments and have each qualified for a personal assistant at school. Along with therapy, this support will help with coping strategies, self-esteem, and socialization difficulties, which will keep the children in school regularly instead of being sent home for behaviour-related issues. This will also help to alleviate some stress for their mother. All of these factors will in-turn help the family to be strengthened so they can stay together.
The Stand Up for Kids Project continues to break the barriers to a brighter future and create new possibilities for children and youth at risk of entering, growing up in, and transitioning out of the child welfare system. Learn more about the Stand Up for Kids Project here.
*Names and visual identities have been protected.