Children and families in crisis have a new place to turn in Calgary

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The Children Cottage Society's new Child and Family Centre is 35,000 square feet and provides a wide range of supports and community programming.

The CEO of the Children's Cottage Society, the organization behind the new facility, said the new centre will allow them to expand their support to families, and centralize their programming into one space.Posted: Apr 04, 2024 11:58 AM EDT | Last Updated: 2 hours ago

It is fitted with a secure door to the street, as well as a camera that faces the infant and an alarm to alert staff of their arrival. While CCS has been in operation in Calgary since 1986, Ladouceur said the new centre will allow them to expand their support to families, and centralize their programming into one space.

"Just having…40 per cent more capacity in our crisis nursery means 750 more children that we can serve in the year. Our program spaces allow for 2,000 to 3,000 more children and their families to be served per year. And knowing that the city is growing and the need is increasing, it's very important to have this kind of resource available to the families."

The centre's crisis nursery will also deliver 24-hour respite care for children for up to three days at a time.Southern Alberta firehall believed to be 1st in Canada to offer safe box to anonymously surrender babies

 

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