Kennedy House has a long history of operating residential and secure programs for children & youth facing emotional, behavioural and legal challenges. Our knowledgeable, professional staff members are devoted to the principles of child welfare: respect, responsible care, integrity in relationships, all delivered in controlled and safe environments.Our programs and services provide support for children & youth up to age 24.
Located in Toronto and Durham Region and serving a catchment of Eastern Ontario, we offer:
- Structured settings and programs with strong clinical components;
- Flexible intake processes to meet the changing needs of placing agencies;
- Day Treatment options for young people struggling in traditional educational settings, but who do not need residential care;
- Two residential homes serving the Child Welfare sector;
- Three Developmental Services homes;
- One supportive program, the Kennedy House Youth Shelter, for youth experiencing homelessness;
- One secure Youth Custody & Detention program serving the Youth Justice sector;
- Classrooms and teaching facilities in association with the local Boards of Education;
- Bailiff Services to support the transportation needs of clients within the Youth Justice system; and
- After school & outreach programs in underserved communities.
Every young person, in every program, in our care, benefits from our Ten Keys to Success:
- Clinical Assessment
- Daily Clinical Care
- Adaptive Skills Program
- Resident & Staff Recreational Activities
- Life Skills Instruction
- Resident Group Meetings
- Constant Resident Review
- Psychiatric Consultation
- Staff Training
1. Clinical Assessment
All potential resident’s files are reviewed by our Clinical Team, and specifics are shared with the team prior to placement.
2. Daily Clinical Care
Program staff take ownership for and have input into the daily care received by residents at regular meetings.
3. Adaptive Skills Program
Each day in a specialized classroom setting youth learn the interpersonal, communication and independence skills they need to succeed.
4. Resident & Staff Recreational Activities
Regular physical exercise is important and so is learning to interact in a trusting, healthy, cooperative and even competitive way with adult staff members.
5. Life Skills Instruction
This essential life-skills program is supervised by Kennedy House staff on an ongoing basis.
Residents are counseled on a daily basis by Kennedy House Youth Workers who, when appropriate, can refer them to outside counseling resources and facilitate the process of obtaining specialized support. Referrals may be made to the agency Residential Social Worker when necessary for more intense intervention and case management.
7. Resident Group Meetings
Held on a daily basis, these meetings provide residents with an opportunity to socialize, problem solve, communicate and voice any concerns. Meetings are moderated by a qualified staff member.
8. Constant Resident Review
Daily information on the progress and challenges of each resident is issued to the Clinical Team that regularly meets with staff members to oversee each individual’s progress.
9. Psychiatric Consultation
The agency consulting psychiatrist is available to meet with clients for the purposes of case planning and medication review.
10. Staff Training
Internal & external ongoing training is essential to maintaining the best practices for our residential program staff. This training helps our dedicated, qualified staff be professionally equipped to ensure we achieve our program goals.