It has become evident that the “needs” have often outgrown many of the traditional services available. We have encountered a significant need for service regarding latency aged children with multiple disorders requiring levels of support beyond those available through traditional resources e.g., group care, foster and special foster treatment resources and mainstream academic programming.
E.C.F.S. programming and professional support services is working towards addressing those needs in developing a spectrum of residential treatment services; full staff resourcing for latency, upper latency, and adolescent children who can benefit from a therapeutic residential treatment setting. Our community based “day treatment” programming supports the process while enhancing collaborative projects with community based agencies such as The Durham Children’s Aid Society, The Durham Court Clinic, The Durham Board of Education, The Durham Catholic District School Board, The Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, The Toronto Catholic District School Board, Storey Homes Ltd. and others. Individualized treatment plans involve varied treatment modes, i.e., individual psychotherapy using play, art and direct discussion, anger management, impulse control and expressive arts, and are encompassed with the E.C.F.S. Clinical Support Services.
E.C.F.S., from its inception in 1995, has endeavored to meet the increased demands of our persons served in developing long-term treatment programming with enhanced services, quality staff, clinical supports, day treatment services and individualized community based programming, such as Enterphase Transitional Outreach Program (ETOP) and Youth Transitioning to Independence Program (Youth TIP).
The E.C.F.S. Program was founded by Harold Cleary, Executive Director, who collaborated with the former Executive Directors of Storey Homes Limited, Bob Storey and Hugh McClure, in developing a unique and successful short-term Admission Assessment Program for The Catholic Children’s Aid Society Toronto. E.C.F.S. agency founders are professional social workers experienced and highly skilled within the Social Services field in providing services and developing programming since 1974. Storey Homes Ltd and Enterphase Child & Family Services are leaders in providing services for the care and treatment of children and their families. Combined, our residential care settings encompass foster care, mixed modality care, group care, staffed group care, full residential treatment and community based wraparound care. Ariss Place, a residential service for developmentally challenged youngsters has recently been developed in the Guelph area and is part of this collaborative effort.
The very foundation of our services is founded on our collaborative partnerships with community agencies, The Children’s Aid Societies and respective Boards of Education and we look to the future as we continue to develop these collaborations in meeting the needs of our clients.