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Delta Community Living Society
Resource Centre
#1 – 3800 72 Street
Delta, BC
V4K 3N2
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Tel: 604.946.9508
Fax: 604.940.9683
Email: dcls@dcls.ca

Family Services

DCLS provides ongoing support to families and the people we serve through our Respite Services and Delta Family Alliance Network (DFAN).

Respite Services: Providing full-time care for a family member with a developmental disability can be a challenging responsibility. DCLS Respite Services provide a temporary break to family members caring for a loved one in their home.

Support can be as brief as an overnight stay, or as long as three weeks. During this period, DCLS places service recipients with qualified respite care providers, who share their interests, enjoy similar activities and whose home reflects their own family’s values and expectations.

Respite providers may be selected by a family or DCLS, which carefully screens and monitors all applicants. In most cases, care is provided in the respite care provider's home.

Would you like to become a Respite Provider? Contact Mari Jo Groenewold, at 604.952.6489 (mgroenewold@dcls.ca)

Delta Family Alliance Network (DFAN): Families may feel overwhelmed, anxious or isolated as they prepare to support their young adult in their transition from school to adulthood. Families may also have made this transition successfully and have advice and information that would benefit other families preparing for this transition. The Delta Family Alliance Network (DFAN) is a family support network for families of adults with a developmental disability and for families of youth with a developmental disability who are transitioning from school to adulthood.

There are four areas of support offered to families through DFAN:

i. Networking: Families are best placed to understand the needs of a relative with a developmental disability and have the greatest empathy for other families in similar circumstances. By connecting with each other, families can provide mutual understanding and support, share advice and information and collectively advocate for greater choice and opportunities for their family member with a developmental disability. DFAN provides local opportunities in North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen for families to periodically meet and get together.

ii. Information: Families are better advocates when they are fully informed about the choices and opportunities available for their sons and daughters. DFAN aims to keep families informed about the latest policies and practices and endeavours to answer individual queries.

iii. Education: DFAN periodically offers workshops and training opportunities that respond to requests from families within its network. Information is also regularly shared about other workshops and training opportunities offered within British Columbia and Vancouver’s Lower mainland.

iv. Advocacy: Families make the best advocates for their sons and daughters. By providing opportunities for families to connect with each other and offering pertinent information and relevant training opportunities, DFAN believes families will become confident and competent advocates for the sons and daughters. DFAN provides advice, advocacy and support to families as and when needed.

DFAN is supported by the Province of British Columbia’s Ministry of Finance - Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch.

For more information about the Delta Family Alliance Network, contact Si Stainton, Family Services Manager, at 604.952.6490 (sstainton@dcls.ca).