Children & Family

Keeping Families Strong


WJS Canada works to reunite and strengthen families by providing personalized  supports, connecting individuals to their communities and establishing long term support within the family unit.


While many of the issues we deal with grow out of family situations, the path to overcoming them is through relationships that are established from birth.


Because of this, our approach is collaborative and holistic, with a strong focus on family and community. Each situation is treated as unique and our services respect strongly held values and cultural diversity. We apply proven child and youth development principles to encourage healthy growth, offset influences that hinder development  and strengthen attachment to family and social relationships. We are sensitive to the trauma that the children, youth, and families have experienced in the past and the part it plays in building a strong future.


Our structured and therapeutic environments balance life skills and recreation which together foster positive life changes for children and youth. We improve self-esteem and confidence and provide help in overcoming the loss of family relationships. In working with individuals, we encourage family, community and other stakeholder involvement.

Customized Services


We offer a wide range of personalized services that gives individuals, their families and their caregivers, a choice in creating a customized approach, based in best practices and employing innovative programs that are proven to produce life-changing results. Whenever possible, we deliver our programs within the home community.

Cultural Respect


We have a passionate regard for the role of the individual’s background in recovery. Life-long teachings and beliefs provide a strong basis for overcoming physical, emotional and other challenges. WJS staff engage with the cultures we serve through a wide variety of cultural activities intended to apply the past in building the future.

Understanding Trauma


Acknowledging a challenging past is part of creating a promising future. Our trauma-informed approach empowers youth by recalling and respecting their previous experience. We help youth deal with the loss and grief of a disrupted family life through counselling and therapeutic supports that grow self-esteem and confidence. 



WJS Canada is proud to offer accredited programs. British Columbia and Alberta are accredited by CARF. In Ontario our facilities are subject to annual licensing reviews by the Ministry of Children & Youth Services. Accreditation confirms that WJS meets provincial and international standards and incorporates best practices into management and programming. It recognizes WJS employees as professionals in their respective fields and, most importantly offers the people we serve and their families assurance that the services they receive from WJS are of the highest caliber.



Referrals and requests for new programs can be made directly to us or through the referral process offered by the government agency that funds the services. Some of our services accept referrals directly from this website. If we cannot provide the services in demand, we may supply information about other agencies that could help you or. We sometimes initiate a new service to accommodate an individual and requests or ideas for new programs are always welcome. Click here for more information.