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Community Access Service

Side By Side will help plan and supervise the best possible community visits for you and your children, in the community. Contact us today to find out more.

Parenting Support

Breaking up is hard – especially when kids are involved. Side By Side licensed Social Workers can help support you through the transition to build strong, emotional ties with your children.

Supervised Exchange & Access

When tensions are high, we offer safe, neutral, child-focused supervision by trained facilitators to exchange your children and allow all parties to build healthy relationships with them.

Meet our Staff

WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU

Debbie Miles-Senior is a Registered Social Worker, with a BA in Psychology and over 20 years experience working with families, children and youth. In Ms. Miles-Senior years of experience, she has found parenting to be the biggest challenge and the most rewarding.

Her passion is best demonstrated in her ability and commitment to empower and provide support to children, parents and young people. Ms. Miles-Senior’s work with parents and children in environments such as the Children’s Aid Society, local school board, employment counselling, settlement services and youth serving organizations have all molded her skills in understanding family dynamics and working with families. In the years of Ms. Miles-Seniors’ employment, volunteer activities and experience as a parent, a common theme evident in her work is the need to develop security in relationships and support individuals through difficult times.

In making a difference in the lives of families, parents and children Ms. Miles-Senior created Side By Side Services. The vision of Side by Side Services is to support and empower families in their relationships while helping parents maintain a positive, healthy connection with their children. Ms. Miles-Senior works tirelessly to empower and help meet the needs of families and children while staying busy with her husband to parent their three children.

Side By Side Services staff are trained and skilled professionals in the field of social work and social services and come with years of experience working with families.  Side By Side Services personnel possess the passion and commitment for families and their children. We will work with you to find the best solution for your family and are committed to our vision to support your family and your relationship with your children.

Our Mission

Our Vision, Mission and Goals

Side by Side respects YOU!Vision:

To promote healthy children, strong families and striving communities.

Mission:

To help support and empower families in their relationships.

Goals:

When Custody and Access issues arise, everyone is affected… especially the children. And when Supervised Access is required, the number of questions and concerns from parents and caregivers often times DOUBLE!

At Side by Side Services, we aim to help build healthy, loving child-parent relationships during some very tough, personal times in their lives. We work with each one of you individually on a common focus – to support and encourage your children through this transition, guiding them and you through. It is our goal to support the healthy development of emotionally stable children and to nurture all parties – you and them – every step of the way.

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What we offer

WHAT WE DO FOR YOU

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Therapeutic Access is when a parent requires additional support in developing a relationship with their children.  This is due to lack of ability or the inability to manage their child’s behavior or when there has been a long separation from their child or when the child has been exposed to parental violence and there is a great feeling of fear in the child.
Side by Side Services will provide the support and guidance while helping to alleviate these concerns.

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When there is no concern for the safety of the child a parent or caregiver will have the opportunity to have their visit with the child in the community supervised by a trained facilitator. Community Access includes parent and child activities, dining out, and other communal activies. Side by Side Services will assist in planning meaningful activities for the child and parent.

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Supervised Exchanges occur when there is high conflict and unresolved issues between parents, and so a neutral place to exchange children for visits is needed. This reduces the tension and lessens the safety risks for the child. Supervised Exchanges also occur when there are concerns for parents under the influence of drug or alcohol or the safety of the custodial parent during the exchange.

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When there are challenges in parenting and parents are in need of support services, Side by Side Services will provide that service in their home. Assessment and observation of the parent and child interaction is also available.

Support in the home can also occur if a child has been away for an extended period of time.  Side By Side Services will provide support.  However, parents will need to meet certain criteria to have this service available.

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Side By Side Services also offers short-term counselling to provide parents with the tools they need to help build a relationship with their children.

 

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