Women referred to SRWC Recovery programs, pregnant and in danger of having the child apprehended at birth, have lost custody of their children, or are in danger of losing custody if they cannot remain abstinent. They are most vulnerable in the early stages of the recovery process, during this stressful,lonely and chaotic time of learning the coping skills to help them live clean and sober. They are often suffering from depression and mental and physical exhaustion, as well as dealing with the stresses of pregnancy, and grieving the loss of their children. They require in depth support in sustaining their recovery and breaking the cycle of addiction.
This specific Recovery program provides opportunities for reuniting and bonding with their children, providing a safe environment for their children. Mindfulness & medicine walks, exercise, artistic expressions, picnics, play time, etc. We would be also advocating for our participants by attending court hearings, meetings with probation officers, lawyers, CFS, EI & EIA for transportation, safe housing, working with physicians and mental health workers. Obtaining respite to access programming, Visitation, showers, referrals to other supports.
It is our belief that assisting these women and encouraging reunification with their child when they are healthy and have learned skills to help them will benefit the family, as a whole and in turn work for a healthier community, and reduce the number of children in care. In offering to work with organizations like CFS will reduce the stigma and give them confidence that recovery is possible. By improving our social media skills - we can give information on addiction and testimonies of reunited successful parents and families. Last year the women in our Recovery Groups who wanted to give back in hope and gratitude assisted SRWC in organizing Recovery Day Proclaimed by the Minister of Health, which is now an annual event in Winnipeg. Its purpose is to reduce the stigma of addiction, and give hope that recovery is possible. We had 20 organizations participating and it was held at the Millinium Library - this year it will be at the Forks. All our participants participate in giving back - Shelters, Animal Shelters, Food banks, etc.