Family Futures Resource Network
Family Futures Resource Network began as Mill Woods Family Resource Centre, an incorporated society since January 2004. Mill Woods Family Resource Centre evolved as a result of an amalgamation of Mill Woods’ P.A.T.C.H. Place Society and New Parents Association, two stable and well-established agencies with over 15 years of experience helping children and families in Edmonton’s south east.
Mill Woods Family Resource Centre underwent a name change in the Fall of 2015 in order to better represent the scope and scale of the services provided, and all of the communities served and supported. The new name: Family Futures Resource Network represents an expanding agency in tune with the needs of south Edmonton residents.
Family Futures provides information, education, and support to individuals, parents and families; and is currently the only resource centre south of the North Saskatchewan River that offers this range of services.
The agency has five separate locations in south Edmonton:
5704 - 19A Ave.
5710 - 19A Ave.
1733 Millwoods Road
3756 - 78 Street
25 Fairway Drive
Space is also utilized in existing community and public buildings to deliver services and programs that meet the needs of the community.
Family Futures became the first Edmonton designated Parent Link Centre in January 2005, and was awarded a second Parent Link Centre in 2015 to serve Edmonton's south west.
The objectives of a Parent Link Centre, established by Alberta Children's Services, are to:
• Support parents in their role as their children's first and most influential teachers.
• Link parenting programs and services through a province-wide network that promotes excellence.
• Facilitate the sharing of resources.
• Foster the creation of partnerships.
The core areas of programming for Family Futures Resource Network are:
- Early Childhood Development
- Child and Youth
- Home Visitation
- Family Support
- Parent Education
Additional Programs and Services Offered:
- Individual Parenting Support
- Developmental Milestone Check-ins for Young Children
- Toy Lending Library
Cost of Programming
Most of the programs and services are offered at no cost to the participant. Some programs charge a small fee to cover supplies or curriculum.
Volunteers play an important role at Family Futures Resource Network by assisting with group facilitation and support, childcare, special events, and day-to-day operations. They enhance the programs and services provided through their involvement and commitment to the Agency.
Over the last year, Family Futures Resource Network served approximately 3000 children, youth, and adults. Volunteers performed more than 1500 hours of service for the Agency.
Family Futures Resource Network is funded through Alberta Children's Services, Edmonton Region Child and Family Services and the City of Edmonton Family and Community Support Services. Additional funding from foundations, grants and donations from community sponsors help make programs and services possible.