Intensive Child & Family Services (ICFS)

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Intensive Child and Family Services

  • Parents/foster parents of children and youth aged 4-18 who are at risk of out-of-home placement.
  • Runs out of the Upper Paradise site, but service is delivered in the families' homes.
  • Referrals are required.

Program Objective

The goal of the Intensive Child and Family Services is to strengthen the ability of children and youth with mental health needs to function more effectively in their homes or foster homes, schools and communities.

The client group includes, but is not exclusive to, families who may have a child or youth who is at risk of an out-of-home placement.

Program staff will work with parents/foster parents to further develop and build their skills and strengths to increase the family and youth’s ability to function in the home.  A skill building approach and teaching model of treatment is used. The program encourages parents/foster parents and youth to use their individual strengths to address their needs. This is accomplished through a process involving community services (if any are involved), informal supports and family members.

Our belief is that all family members can contribute to increased success for the child or youth and their family. The program typically uses family meetings in the home as a forum to address the goals identified by the family, as well as individual meetings and community-based meetings as necessary.

In Home and Individualized

Generally, the service is offered in the family’s home. It employs flexible hours to meet with the child or youth and their family, and any other community resources involved with the family.  This service is individualized and responsive to the family’s changing needs throughout the treatment process.


Referrals can be made by calling Contact Hamilton at 905-570-8888.

Contact Hamilton is the single point of access for children and youth services in the Hamilton area.

Upper Paradise Site

526 Upper Paradise,
Hamilton, ON, L9C 5E3

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