Mission: The well being of all children and families in Nova Scotia.
The Nova Scotia Council for the Family is a registered charity made up of member organizations who serve children and/or families in Nova Scotia. The Council was formed in 1967 under the name Nova Scotia Child Welfare Association.
The members of the Council are drawn from organizations and professions that are concerned with the well-being of families.
The Council offers a range of services in the areas of education, advocacy and special initiatives. The Nova Scotia Council for the Family, through community partnerships and public education programs, promotes improved services for families and quality services for children and youth.
About NOVA SCOTIA COUNCIL FOR THE FAMILY
Amanda's Gift Bursary Program was established from a $500 donation from former youth in care, Amanda Sutherland, who struggled financially to purse her educational goals. . She asked the Council to use the money to provide financial assistance to other youth from care, ages 16-28 who were also struggling financially to complete their post-secondary education. From this single $500 donation this program has grown significantly over the years and the Council has awarded over $265,000 in bursaries to former youth in care across Nova Scotia.
YOUTH ADVISORY TEAM " DREAM TEAM"
The Dream Team is a program for youth in care that focuses on developing leadership and life skills, providing and safe environment for peer support, learning how to advocate for themselves and their younger peers, volunteering in the community and having a fun afternoon. . The youth are from around the province and the Mi'Kmaq Community and they meet 6-7 times as year.
COOKING TOWARD INDEPENDENCE WORKSHOPS
This workshop is a hands-on cooking workshop geared towards vulnerable, at-risk and youth in care, to help them learn how to cook,eat and live healthily on a budget. These classes focus on how to shop for groceries, basic cooking items you should have on hand, food safety, cooking and baking skills, exercises they can do at home to lead a healthier lifestyle, and the importance of good oral health care.