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We believe thriving children create thriving communities. To that end, we focus on a community-wide response to childhood trauma that combines excellence in treatment, state-of-the-art education, and community oriented prevention initiatives aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of child maltreatment and promoting the safe and healthy development of children.

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Last night Hamilton hosted a vigil, as many other cities across Canada did, for the victims of the Quebec Mosque shooting. Hundreds of Hamiltonians showed up to show their solidarity with the victims of the attack and with the Muslim community. Members of our team at Thrive were there to show their support and let the community know that we are here to help those who have been traumatized by such events, or those who are scared in these uncertain times.

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(Gathering at the Hamilton Vigil; Photo Credit: Kim Bird)

Members of our Thrive team, Janice Floyd Client Services Coordinator and Kim Bird OASIS Program Coordinator, were there to represent Thrive's solidarity with the newcomer community. Here is Janice's moving account:

“I felt incredibly proud of the City of Hamilton as I stood alongside hundreds of people last night. People in this community came together, at literally a moment’s notice, to support and show love, care and respect for each other. The large turnout for the vigil was truly amazing, and I left the event knowing this community is overflowing with good people prepared to walk the walk and not just talk the talk when it comes to issues like racism, islamophobia, and so on."

Thrive continues its commitment to supporting children and youth who have experienced trauma and through its OASIS refugee trauma treatment program we are here for newcomer children traumatized by dislocation, violence, war and persecution.

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Media Release

THRIVE Child and Youth Trauma Services releases "Partners in Prevention" online parent/caregiver resource

January 25, 2017

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The Partners in Prevention Resource Tool is a site developed by Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services as a resource for parents and caregivers in our community.

Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services had the pleasure of hosting The Partners in Prevention Symposium; a symposium for parents and caregivers about keeping young people safe from sexual harm, in April 2016. Both parents and professionals in the field came together to learn more about how we can help keep young people in our community safe from sexual harm.

The forty participants heard Dr. Janet Rosenzweig, author of “The Sex-Wise Parent” present on practical advice to help parents promote their families’ sexual health and safety. Her “Rosenzweig’s Rules” provided easy to understand parent guidelines for nurturing healthy sexuality in their families. The participants then had the opportunity to participate in two break-out sessions led by local experts from THRIVE, the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board, the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton and the Hamilton Police Services. Participants had the opportunity to direct questions to local experts and to learn about the many resources available to them in the Hamilton community.

But we did not want to limit the information presented only to those who attended the symposium. With the help of the Ministry of Education, we are able to make this information accessible to all parents and caregivers of children and youth in our community and beyond.

This online parent tool features resources on cyber safety, resilience, sexualized behaviours and how to start conversing with your child or youth about sexuality and safety.

The resources on this website are compiled by trained professionals in the field and feature presentations by experts in the fields of child safety and child welfare.

To visit the site, go to www.parenttool.thrivechildandyouth.ca.

For more information, contact: Katie Gorrie 905-523-1020 ext. 210


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Check out the article about THRIVE's implementation of the ABACUS Grant in the latest issue of Urbanicity!


Courage to Tell:

September 15 and 22, 2016
November 3 and 10, 2016

January 12 and 19, 2017

March 2 and 9, 2017

May 4 and 11, 2017


Keeping Safe:

October 6, 13 and 20, 2016

December 1, 8 and 15, 2016

February 2, 9 and 16, 2017

April 6, 13 and 20, 2017

June 1, 8 and 15, 2017


For inquiries regarding eligibility, registration and information, please contact Janice Floyd at (905)523-1020 ext. 212
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