Looking for programs that support families, youth and children? in St. John’s, NL and the surrounding Avalon East region? Consider the organizations below:
Advocate for Children and Youth NL
The Advocate for Children And Youth NL Office protects and advances the rights and interests of children and youth in Newfoundland and Labrador through advocacy services.
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.
Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics.
Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon Members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.
The Baby-Friendly Council, in affiliation with the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada, is the designated provincial body to monitor the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) in NL.
The BFI is a global campaign of the WHO and UNICEF. This campaign recognizes that implementing evidenced-based practices in health and community services is crucial to the success of programs that protect, promote and support breastfeeding. The BFI is a continuous quality improvement initiative and represents best practice in maternal-newborn care.
The Boys and Girls Club St. John’s provides programming and is passionate about creating a supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.
The Buckmasters Circle Community Centre encourages and promotes the leadership, well being and cooperation of all citizens of the Buckmasters Community through programming and services for children, youth, and families.
Chalker Place Community Centre promote the leadership, well being and cooperation of all citizens of the Chalker Place vicinity through programming and services for children, youth, and families.
Choices for Youth provides at-risk youth and emerging adults with programming and services that meet their current and long-term needs. Their work is informed by the lived experience and expertise of young people, feedback from program participants, input from community partners, and guidance from national programming and research.
The Children and Adolescent Division of the Mental Health and Addictions Program in St. John’s, NL provides coordinated and comprehensive services to children, adolescents and families facing emotional, social, psychiatric and family challenges.
Children can access our services up to their 18th birthday.
Phone: 709-729-4612 or after hours: 709-729-4775
Are you concerned about the wellbeing of a child in the Avalon East NL area? All programs and services within Child Protection and In-Care are designed to help ensure the safety and well-being of children and youth in St. John’s, NL.
When there is concern of maltreatment by a parent, social workers assess the safety and risk to the child(ren). All decisions to intervene with the family are based on the overriding principle of the Children, Youth and Families Act, which is the best interests of the child.
Daybreak Parent Child Centre is intentionally designated as a “parent child centre” to meet the diverse, complex needs of families. Recognizing parents as the primary influence in their children’s lives, Daybreak fosters opportunities for positive parent-child interactions by encouraging the participation of parents in their children’s education and development. Daybreak supports the development of healthy children in the context of family and the family within community.
Looking for advice to protect or support a loved one who is being abused? The Department of CSSD supports individuals, families and communities in Newfoundland and Labrador in achieving improved health and social well-being and reduced poverty; and ensures the protection of children, youth and adults from abuse or neglect.
The Department promotes the values of inclusion, diversity, and healthy active living and leads the development of policies, programs and partnerships to improve services and the overall social development of the Province.
Phone: 709- 579-0763
The Froude Avenue Community Centre is Newfoundland and Labrador’s first multi-purpose facility for residents of non-profit housing with on-going programs for seniors, children, single parents, and more.
Family and Child Care Connections (FCCC)is a community-based, non-profit early learning family resource centre and Family Child Care Agency located in St. John’s, NL. They provide programs and services designed to support children from birth to 6 years of age, their families, the child care community and CUPW families.
There are two levels of Family Court in Newfoundland and Labrador: Provincial and Supreme.
The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador has two divisions – Family and General.
The Provincial Court and the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador hear family matters dealing with custody, access, child support and spousal support. However, only the Supreme Court has the authority to deal with divorce and the division of matrimonial property.
Phone: 709- 729-1183
FJS emphasizes the best interest of children and promotes dispute resolution outside the Court process. Dispute resolution occurs when parties talk to a neutral third person to explore ways to resolve their family law matters.
The fasdNL Network came together due to a shared interest in supporting those with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) through a provincial organization. Some members have done work in their respective fields with individuals and/or families affected by FASD; others are caring for children affected by FASD.
First Light is a registered non-profit organization that serves the urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous community alike by providing programs and services rooted in the revitalization, strengthening and celebration of Indigenous cultures and languages in the spirit of trust, respect, and friendship. They offer a range of programs, including ones for children and parents.
The Janeway Family Centre offers coordinated and comprehensive counselling and therapy services for children, youth and families who are facing emotional, social or behavioural challenges. Our team also offers consultation to other health professionals on difficult cases
Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. They offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.
The Kilbride to Ferryland Family Resource Centre Coalition Inc. is a community-based registered charitable organization providing programs and services to families living in the Kilbride to Cappahayden geographical area. There are five family resource centres: two in Kilbride, one in the Goulds, a centre in Bay Bulls/Witless Bay and another in the community of Ferryland.
They offer a variety of programs and services to families with children 0-11 years of age, including drop-in playgroups, toy library, parent education and support groups, as well as a prenatal/postnatal support group program. All programs are free of charge and available to all families living in our area.
The Kilbride to Ferryland Family Resource Centre Coalition Inc. has expanded its programming to include a licensed child care centre in Bay Bulls.
MacMorran Community Centre is a not for profit organization offering support and resources to members of the surrounding Kilbride/St. John’s community. Some programs and services include but are not limited to:
- Afterschool Programs
- Career and Employment Programs
- Teen Programs
- Seniors Programs
- Building Rental and Gym Space
- Public Computer and Internet Access
- Fitness Programs
- Outreach House
Whether you have a health concern of any kind, have questions about self-care and healthy eating, or would like advice on how to support a loved one with their particular ailment, call 811. A Registered Nurse is available to talk 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 811 is a confidential and free telephone line available to all residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The NLYC aims to deliver a diverse range of offender programs in custody to assist youth in successfully re-integrating in the community after release from custody. Programs offered to youth in custody include.
The Rabbittown Community Centre works with local residents and with public and private organizations to ensure comprehensive solutions to problems that impact our families. They provide opportunities and support in the process of individual and community capacity building to strengthen the community as a whole.
The Salvation Army provides a wide variety of holistic support programs, designed to meet specific needs of the community where we live.
Shalom Inc. is committed to the provision of a safe nurturing residential service for young people 12- 18 years of age who are in the care of Children, Seniors, and Social Development. They work in partnership with the young person, the family, and the community to promote the individual’s physical, social, behavioral, educational and spiritual development.
The Single Parent Association of Newfoundland was founded in 1987. provides supports for single parents, enabling them to regain control over their lives for the empowerment of themselves and their children.
Thrive is an umbrella organization that works with the community to:
- Address gaps in services
- Build community partnerships
- Increase awareness of existing programs and services
- Conduct outreach to our most marginalized individuals
The main focus of the Virginia Park Community Centre was, and continues to be, to provide Social, Educational, Recreational as well as Career Development programs and services for the residents of Virginia Park. Program development is based on the needs of Tenants living in the 202 NLHC units of the Virginia Park area, with programs and services available for everyone from prenatal to senior citizens.
Waypoints is a multi-service agency offering a number of programs to young people, families and the community at large, including family support, employment and outreach, or residential group care programs.
YMCA Northeast Avalon is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of communities. We do this by nurturing the potential of children, teens and young adults; promoting healthy living; and fostering social responsibility. Their focus on inclusiveness and accessibility means we serve people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through all stages of life. Through YMCA financial assistance programs, the YMCA is accessible to all.
Their core offerings include Health, Fitness & Aquatics, Children’s Services, Employment & Enterprise Services, Volunteer Development, and Opportunities to Give. Programs are offered at more than 20 locations throughout our communities with an additional 50 points delivery throughout the province.