Family Connections

Helping strengthen or preserve healthy relationships between parents and children

Family Connections

The Family Connections Program comprises three distinct sub programs, each designed to help strengthen or preserve healthy relationships between parents and children, increase family functioning, and provide family support and assistance during periods of crisis.

We work together with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), Child & Youth Mental Health, and Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society (FVACFSS).

Enhanced Access

(Program for families with children 14 years of age and younger)

This program provides a responsive, dynamic and flexible range of services that allow parents and children the opportunity to continue their relationship; where children are living outside of the family home, and where reunification is an active service-plan goal.

MCFD Referrals Only

Family Outreach

(Program for families with children 12 years of age and younger)

We provide services to families (with children 0-12 years of age) on a continuum from preventative to restorative. Family Outreach support may include, but is not limited to:

  • One-to-one parental support
  • Education and counselling to families
  • Addressing basic needs and safety of children
  • Assisting families to develop pro-social life skills
  • Responding and supporting parents through crisis

MCFD and FVACFSS Referrals


(Program for families with children 12 years of age and younger)

Individual and/or couples counselling is provided for parents to increase their functioning and improve their relationships. The focus of the counselling is for those parents who are experiencing family challenges due to the impact of multi-generational or trauma-based issues.

Counselling with a certified counsellor is intended to find, explore, and improve personal and historical family relationships and functions, and to increase the use of adaptive coping strategies and behaviours.

MCFD and FVACFSS Referrals (Team Leader signature required)

Mental Wellness Parenting Group

(Program for parents with children 12 years of age and younger)

A certified counsellor facilitates a psycho-educational group for parents who are experiencing anxiety or depression which may affect their parenting.

This, eight-week long Mental Wellness Parenting group is offered three times per year. Click to learn more.

Open to Self-Referrals

Who We Help

  • We help families whose parents have been referred from the Ministry of Children & Family Development or Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children & Family Services Society.

    “I’m happy that you are willing to give me tips. It makes me feel like I have hope to get my son back.”


    Did You Know?

    Family Connections has been helping famlies reconcile since 1990.

    Contact Info

    Supervisor: Kim Prins
    Counsellor: Marlayne Penner
    604.859.7681 Ext: 304


    Office Hours

    8:30am – 4:30pm
    Monday – Friday

    Staff also have flexible hours to meet needs of families


    Archway Community Services
    2420 Montrose Avenue
    Abbotsford, BC V2S 3S9

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