Supported Access Services

Supported Access Services provides quality, supportive services to the children and their families within Region 6. Transportation along with supported modeling, mentoring, teaching and support help to encompass the services provided by Supported Access Services. In this program Supported Access Services will assist in restoring family functioning and ensure the children are safe and well cared for during the access times. Parents who require training, mentoring or modeling to build effective parenting skills will be given the opportunities to learn and practice. The SAS program has developed a practice model that accommodates the following principals: Ensure a safe access between the child and his or her loved ones, reduce the amount of travel time for children for the access and reduce the number of service providers children interface with.

SAS services being accessed must meet the various needs of the clients we serve. Cross cultural issues (religion, language, cultural practices, etc.), readiness (acceptance motivation, cognitive understanding, etc.) and resources issues (limited financial resources, job demands, transportation, etc.) are all realities of the dynamics of the families accessing SAS services. During the start-up of the SAS program, the common theme with the caseworkers and parents was the importance of the planning for transitioning. This appeared to be especially true for the families with the most complex and high needs. In these situations and understanding the diverse dynamics of the clients we serve, it is important to agree that these issues made not be obtainable during family transitioning. During this process of services, families find themselves starting over with the process of another service provider. It is also a common theme in describing the complexities of the efforts to support families during transitioning. Plans made to early may need changing due to changes in services required. Some families may not be ready to commit to a plan that may seem too far down the road to think about. The fear of "starting over" with another service provider by the families or with repeating the intake process and assessment phase again is a common denominator for out stakeholders.

Contact Detail

24hrs Crisis Line: 780.340.7426

Phone: 780.462.7426 (780-4MARIAM) | 780.413.6856
Fax: 780.413.6857


202 - 3128 Parsons Road, Edmonton, Alberta, T6N 1L6