Transitioning to adulthood in foster care

Minolta DSC

By Cheryl Bobb, Wood’s Homes Foster Care Support Worker

As parents, one of our greatest responsibilities is helping our children transition to adulthood. Although it may sound like a simple task, we know it takes a lot of work. Parents must teach their children important life skills such as getting a job, opening a bank account and managing money, learning to drive, pursuing education and so much more!

Continue reading

Staff and clients respond: What are you thankful for?

mom-and-daughter-hug

By Lindsay Bear, 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 staff and clients what they are thankful for. Some of the answers we received were surprising, but always heartwarming.

Continue reading

It’s National Occupational Therapy Month!

notm2016_facebook-web

By Linda Pearson, Wood’s Homes Stabilization Assessment Clinician

This month, the contributions of Occupational Therapists (OTs) across the country are being celebrated. Occupational Therapists uniquely contribute to the field of mental health as they serve to enable people to perform the occupations that foster health and well-being. Essentially, they are in the vocation of helping people with the “job of living” giving them the tools to perform meaningful roles and daily activities. Within children’s mental health, OTs work to promote successful participation in the occupations of children – play, school, friendships and self care – that characterize a healthy childhood and can support later success in life.

Continue reading