Fostering community at Wood’s Homes

By Chelsea Aikman, Wood’s Homes Foster Care Support Worker

On any given day, Wood’s Homes works with 45 foster families, each supported through our network that many describe as “one big family.”

Each of these families come to us from various backgrounds with different perspectives and strengths. However, despite these differences, they all share one thing in common – they’ve chosen to foster through Wood’s Homes and for that, we are grateful.

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Crossing the River: How Stepping Stones supported my journey

By Angie Chinguwo, Wood’s Homes Youth & Family Counsellor

As a little girl, I used to live in a rural community called Chihota in Zimbabwe, Africa. When going to school, I would pass through a river which looked very scary for a small child. As afraid as I was, the fear would disappear the moment I would see the stepping stones I used to get to cross. They’d ease my discomfort, helping me safely move from one bank to the other.

Here I am, 20 years later having found a different kind of stepping stone; I am now a Youth & Family Counsellor at Stepping Stones Youth Services in Fort McMurray, a safe place for young people seeking safety and support.

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Clients respond: What are you thankful for?

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By Lindsay Anderson, Wood’s Homes Online Engagement Coordinator

Thanksgiving is a time when many of us reflect on what we’re most thankful for. At Wood’s Homes, the joy of working with children, youth and families, the support we receive from the community and the 100 year history we’ve shared in Calgary – an amazing city – tops our list.

In the spirit of the season, we decided to ask our clients what they are thankful for. Some of the answers we received were surprising, but always heartwarming.

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Part three: What’s love got to do with it? Well, everything, actually.

By Dr. Angelique Jenney, Wood’s Homes Research Chair in Children’s Mental Health

“We as a society are failing to prepare young people
for perhaps the most important thing they will do in life
– learn how to love and develop caring, healthy romantic relationships”

(Weissbourd, Anderson, Cashin, & McIntyre, 2017)

A recent long-term Harvard study, Making Caring Common, about teens and sexuality has some important messages in it for parents.  The main finding?  Parents are failing their young adults in one critical area; talking to them about how to have a healthy relationship.  Even more interesting, was the number of young adults who indicated they wanted to have these conversations with their parents.  Who knew?

The very well-laid out report provides several key findings.

Part three: What’s love got to do with it? Well, everything, actually.

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