After a newcomer family moves to Canada, an exciting journey awaits the school-aged children and youth! A new home, new school, new teachers, new friends, new curriculum, and much more. New things are exciting, but they can also be challenging or overwhelming.
The Care for Newcomers Youth Settlement team is here to help you effectively integrate into the Albertan school systems, learn to adapt to Canadian cultures, and cope with cultural, social, emotional, and other relationship-related challenges.
We provide these services in schools and also after-school and during breaks throughout the year.
Our service starts with an intake and assessment of the specific needs and goals of the youth and their family. We learn about the students’ needs and goals, so we design and lead different activities accordingly. We will continue to provide our support as long as needed.
Settlement Support in Schools
Our Settlement Practitioners in Schools assist immigrant and refugee students and their families in the following ways:
Assessment & Registration
We assist in the initial school registration process, assess the needs of students and their families, and develop an appropriate action plan in coordination with the school.
Throughout the school year we provide information sessions and guidance for students and their families.
Culturally Sensitive Counseling
We believe that transparency builds trust-based relationships. At Care for Newcomers, we live transparency through accountability, honesty, openness, being honourable, vulnerability, and trustworthiness.
Supported Referrals & Casework
We are able to assist with immediate intervention services in crisis situations, referring to programs and community resources. This includes joint case management with professionals as required. Services may be long term for complex cases.
If needed we provide comprehensive child development and family support to enhance the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of participating families with children in schools served by our Settlement Practitioners. Our Family Educator helps parents and caregivers gain the knowledge and skills required to raise emotionally, psychologically, and physically healthy children, facilitating their successful transition into Canada. This program extends our youth settlement services beyond the school setting to the client’s home environment.
As a support to students families, we will advocate on their behalf with as required and necessary.
SETTLEMENT Support in Schools
Helping you effectively integrate into Alberta schools