Parenting Enhancement Program
Guiding parents and families towards a brighter future
*You must be DSO Toronto Region eligible to receive adult services.
We understand that the needs of families extend beyond the development of parenting skills. The Parenting Enhancement Program (PEP) provides training and support to parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have been deemed eligible for support through Developmental Services Ontario. Our team of therapists teach families skills to make them more self-sufficient and help them become the best parents they can be.
Our team uses a multifaceted and collaborative teaching method that emphasizes personalized, home-based and child-care instruction. We provide training that covers several topics, including:
- Basic infant and childcare skills
- Home safety
- First aid
- Positive parent-child interactions
Additionally, we offer:
- Skill building
- Community support
- Service coordination
- Referrals and advocacy
- Liaisons between families and community agencies
We aim to reduce the risks of child neglect and abuse and to promote the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children. Our goal is to help parents maintain full custody of their children or create future plans of care.
“My name is Deborah Bluestein, and I am a therapist in our Parenting Enhancement Program. The program provides parenting skills training and support to parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) referred to Surrey Place from child welfare agencies, Adult Protective Services, Toronto Public Health and other community agencies. In my role, I provide face-to-face online appointments with families, involving parent training, service coordination and support. I also reach out to the community to make referrals for both the parents and children I support. Our goal is to build a community… READ MOREDeborah B.