I need support
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our warm staff members. You should know that here at Monica Place, every staff member is here to support you. You will be treated with the utmost respect. We will work with you to determine which of our programs, or external referrals, are most helpful to you. We will strive to support any choices you make.
All young women we support are provided with an orientation of Monica Place at the start of service. You can expect orientation to include:
· An introduction and explanation of various programs and services offered by Monica Place;
· A tour of the facilities;
· An explanation of your rights and responsibilities and risks and benefits;
· An explanation of your right to privacy and use of personal information;
· An intake meeting with the Counselor/Intake and Support Coordinator;
· Appropriate external referrals are facilitated as needed.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office, and read our FAQ’s if you have any more questions regarding beginning services with Monica Place. We hope to hear from you soon!
This program aims to promote and support the physical and emotional well-being of youth and their children in our community, by offering timely and responsive individualized support. This service provides a proactive way of meeting the needs of young families who may be at risk. The Family Navigator will partner with young families to engage in a collaborative approach to determine the range of service needs. They will facilitate access to timely care, utilizing detailed and extensive knowledge of mental health, infant and early childhood attachment and be a bridge between the family and services for young parents offered by community agencies. Services offered will include basic needs, child development support, parenting support, referrals to community resources/supports, mental health support, advocacy, etc.
· Offered in partnership with Region of Waterloo Public Health.
· This group-based program provides young women with resources, education and support during pregnancy to prepare for birth and parenting.
· This program, in conjunction with Prenatal Parenting Program, is also available to prenatal young women in the community who are not enrolled in other Monica Place programs.
· Offers a residential program for young women and their child, up to 6 months of age.
· Provides resources, support and hands-on learning.
· Encourages healthy attachment between parent and child and models positive parenting.
· Encourages the use of appropriate parenting strategies, including reading and responding to child’s cues.
· Emphasizes the importance of working with the mother-child dyad.
· This program is offered in partnership with the Waterloo Region District School Board.
· The program provides the opportunity for young women to receive elementary or secondary school credits.
· There is a focus on individual programs of study that are revised to accommodate varying levels of concentration, self-discipline, learning styles and well-being in order to meet the student’s needs and goals.
· Monica Place partners with the school program in offering content and facilitating groups, and in supporting young women to obtain their credits in the Prenatal Parenting and SKILLS courses.
· This program is available to any pregnant or parenting young woman, up to age 21, in the community, residents of Monica Place Waterloo or Monica Place Cambridge.
This program is for young women who are facing one of these unique circumstances:
· Young women who are working with Family and Children Services (CAS) on having their child returned to their primary care
· Prenatal young women who are planning to place their child for adoption
· Young women who enter our prenatal services and subsequently miscarry
Front line staff provides 24-hour support and facilitate planning for these young women to transition back into the community. They also provide residents with links to other community resources as needed.
We maintain a welcoming, safe and trusting environment by adhering to criteria that ensures each young woman and child in our care receives the quality of service and level of support they need, both from staff and peers in the programs. We feel that everyone deserves a chance and understand that each individual has a unique set of circumstances that are considered in our admission process.
· Young women between the ages of 12-24 who are pregnant
· In a position to benefit from the practical and mental health support, goal planning, prenatal support and program structure offered in this program
· Requires safe housing that is staffed 24/7 during her pregnancy
· Young women between the ages of 12-24 who are parenting a child under 6 months of age
· In a position to benefit from the practical and mental health support, goal planning, parenting guidance and program structure offered in this program
· Requires a supportive housing environment that is staffed 24/7 while she adjusts to parenting and plans to move forward
· Young women between the ages of 12-24 who are in one the following unique situations:
· Prenatal woman who has decided to place her child for adoption.
· Postnatal woman who has placed her child for adoption and is planning her next steps
· A woman who enters our services and subsequently miscarries and is planning her next steps
· A postnatal woman who is working with Family & Children’s Services (FCS) on a plan to have their child returned to their primary care
· Young women between the ages of 12-21 who are pregnant or parenting a child between the ages of 2 months and 24 months
· In need of completing high school credits
· If parenting, in need of childminding during the school day
· In a position to benefit from the practical and mental health support, goal planning, prenatal/parenting instruction, social support and program structure offered in this program
If the person is not already a resident or a school student:
· Young women between the ages of 12-24
· Woman does not require housing or school programming and would benefit from attending these 2 groups with a focus on prenatal support/instruction/guidance
When the person is not already a resident or school student:
· Young persons between the ages of 12-24 who would benefit from learning how the secure parent-child relationship can be supported and strengthened
· Participants are not required to be part of our residential or school programs
· Young women between the ages of 16-24 who are parenting a child under the age of 3
· In a position to benefit from the practical and mental health support, goal planning and program structure offered in this program
· Requires short-term housing and has the ability to pay a monthly subsidized rent amount
Monica Place accepts referrals from a variety of sources including the youth themselves, family and/or an outside professional. Monica Place is continually looking at improving measures to access services and reduce wait times.
Once a referral is received the young woman will participate in a formal intake process to determine eligibility. Upon admission, a comprehensive orientation process that includes service delivery and coordination of each program is provided.