Powell River Child, Youth and Family Services Society

YES (Youth Engagement Support) Program

The YES Program provides practical support and skill training to youth who are making the transition to independent living and adulthood. Support for independent living is founded on the philosophy that, given a period of appropriate guidance and training, youth can develop the skills and resources needed for healthy and self-sufficient independent living. One-on-one, individualized support is offered to youth in the areas of nutrition, housing, budgeting, self-care, social development and vocational planning. Through participation in the program, youth also learn self-advocacy and problem solving skills. Occasional group activities or programs are also offered.

Youth Justice Worker

The Youth Justice Worker (YJW) provides services for young offenders referred to the Youth Justice Program (YJP) by the Powell River Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) Youth Probation Office (YPO) under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. In the Community Service Work Program, the YJW organizes and oversees charitable or public service work hours, restitution, impact of offence essays and/or in apologies mandated by the court as part of the rehabilitation program for individual young offenders. The duration of this program is usually three months. The YJP also provides an Intensive Support and Supervision Program (ISSP) for young offenders deemed to be at high risk and in need of more in depth and extensive support in the community in order to meet the terms of their probation. The duration of these programs is three months or longer.

Parent of Teens Support Program 

A community based parent training, education groups and 1 to 1 limited time supports are offered for parents and caregivers of young people aged 13-19. Access free parent-teen conflict resolution services to support youth and family members. A parents of teens support group is also offered.

Brooks Young Parents Program

The Brooks Young Parents Program, a partnership between School District #47 and Powell River Child, Youth and Family Services Society, is educationally based to support pregnant and parenting young moms in completing high school as well as to provide outreach supports that help them overcome barriers to education and employment opportunities.

Family Preservation & Reunification

This program is a home-based, multiple component intervention designed to maintain children and youth safely within their own homes, or to facilitate reunification after out-of-home placements. Referrals are through Ministry for Children and Family Development. Support is goal oriented and time limited (ideally 6 months). It offers counselling and life skills training, access to concrete services, and links to informal supports, as well as presenting parenting and problem solving techniques. Services include supervised access and parent education groups which provide skill building for parents and children.
Family Support

This is an open access service offering short term (up to three months) solution-focused counselling and parenting education for families experiencing difficulties with children or youth.
Support to Foster Care

Program provides support and training for MCFD foster homes, to sustain placement and enhance the ability of the foster care providers to deal with a variety of situations and behaviours. Issues, challenges and supports needed for foster parents are identified through collaboration with the MCFD Resource worker. Regular contact is maintained through home visits, emails, phone calls and training opportunities. Support is identified and defined by the foster parent’s unique needs and delivered through one to one behavioural support, resource sharing, advocacy, promoting networking and therapeutic “venting”. An education and support group is offered monthly. Recreational and Family Fun events are offered throughout the year.


Parenting Centre and Library

Patrons can access parenting resources for free. Browse our parenting library and borrow books, videos, social skills games, and audiobooks! Bring your kids and come for a coffee, play and a chat! Youth are welcome!  Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am-1pm and Thursday 9am-5pm.

Address / Contact Info

Family Services
7105 Nootka Street Powell River, BCV8A 5E3

Phone Numbers

Phone : (604) 485-3090
Fax : (604) 485-4215

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This program was last updated on 17 Jan 2018.