The Reunification and Adaptation Project envisaged identifying communities to develop intervention to support families dealing with reunification, separation, integration, intercultural and intergenerational issues arising from the immigrant process.
SAFSS was selected as a Prime Proponent (Lead Agency) to implement Reunification (RAP) and Adaptation Project throughout the City of Toronto in partnership with 9 other agencies to serve African, Caribbean, Hispanic, South Asian, East Asian, and Southeast Asian communities, providing training to frontline staff, youth organizers and develop comprehensive training modules to address Reunification and Adaptation issues. The project also encompasses training of peers (youth/parent/caregivers) in addressing separation, reunification and adaptation issues, identifying gap in services, assessing the family separation needs and providing appropriate referral services to meet the clients’ needs. This project has provided a unique opportunity to SAFSS to enhance the organization profile and organize and development of a resource guide community workshops/ Info sessions to educate the newcomers about these issues and enhance life skills, establish social connection, networks and community support including partnership building and networking amongst service providers.
The Reunification and Adaptation Project was implemented with the help of partner agencies under the banner of Consortium of Service Providers for RAP.
SAFSS has also interacted with the metal heath agencies, City agencies such as Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Parks and Recreation, Toronto Public Health, Community Centres and Libraries to share and disseminate our findings and experiences of how family separation affects the newcomers in their settlement and integration process.
This project was awarded Best Partnership Builder Award by the Bhayana Family Foundation in 2011.For more information, you may visit Toronto Public Health website or the following link: http://www.toronto.ca/health/mental_health/family_separation/index.htm