Louise Dean School is in a formal partnership with Catholic Family Services and Alberta Health Services to provide ‘wrap-around’ services to students. Work is done collaboratively to ensure best possible outcomes for the student and the child.
This formal partnership is further strengthened by the array of resources that each partner is able to harness to address complex needs.
Catholic Family Service (CFS)
CFS at Louise Dean Center provides counselling for the students and facilities support groups for parenting teens, teen fathers, grandparents, and young women considering adoption. CFS also provides outreach support to young moms up to the age of 24. Staff is comprised primarily of licensed Social Workers with clinical backgrounds. Their role is to support the student and the child.
In addition to counselling, Catholic Family Services provides the on-site licensed day care facility, the Dr. Clara Christie Infant Learning Centre which operates during the school week to provide care for infants under the age of eighteen months. The Centre is licensed to care for 60 babies. The trained staff assists the young mothers with parenting skills and offer regular workshops on topics of interest to the students.
Alberta Health Services
AHS provides staff in the areas of nursing, childbirth education, birth control and nutrition. The Best Beginning nurse is available daily to assist students with a healthy pregnancy. The nurse also works with parenting students to maximize the health of their infants and themselves.
The school also has a regular Family Doctor who sets appointments on a weekly basis. The doctor attends to all of the students and babies basic health needs and also makes referrals as needed. Appointments are generally made a day or two in advance; however walk-ins can also be accommodated.
Once a month, a Psychiatrist who specializes in adolescent treatment, works on-site with students. Students are able to voluntarily access this service through a referral from the Family practitioner or the school based nurse. All assessment and treatment work is highly confidential..
Calgary Police Services
A constable from the School Resource Officer Unit is available to students for consultation and advice on legal matters and/or personal safety and protection. Seminars on topics of interest to students can also be arranged.
Once a month, a lawyer from the Calgary community very generously donates his time to speak to students on an individual/as needed basis. He is able to direct students to the correct resources and also to address basic legal questions. In addition to these core supports, the staff at Louise Dean Centre will work to meet the personalized needs of every student and their family.
Challenges relating to food security, affordable accommodation, setting up a household, emergency financing and community childcare are all within the scope of our practice.
We appreciate your support as we work to meet the physical, social and emotional needs of teen moms and their children. We could not provide the wrap-around supports that we do without your kindness.