Family Life Links

Catholic Organization for Life and the Family
The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) was co-founded by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus. COLF’s mission is to build a culture of life and a civilization of love by promoting respect for human life and dignity and the essential role of the family.-   from the website.
Caritas
Caritas’ mission is to provide drug abusing/addicted people with: the environment, relationships, support, guidance and counseling necessary for them to grow into independent, responsible, functional members of society. Caritas Project is a Therapeutic Community with a multi-dimensional approach to recovery. Its scope includes, in addition to people suffering from addiction, people with mental health issues, behavioral problems, and family issues. This approach encompasses the physical, mental, spiritual, social, emotional and vocational needs in a human being in a highly structured family-like environment. The Caritas 25 month program is well known for its great impact in achieving a total change in lifestyle. Caritas is a registered charity, partially funded by the Ministry of Health and continues to sustain the majority of its work relying on public donations and community volunteerism. The website can be used for teachers as a resource for drug and mental health addiction. It also has a quarterly news which offers articles that could be of use for students doing projects regarding mental health and drug addiction.--Elisa Aquino
Catholic Health Alliance of Canada
This site is another fantastic resource as it not only focusus on Catholic Faith, but also the issues and concerns around faith from a CANADIAN health perspective.Mission Statement: The Catholic Health Association of Canada is a national Christian community committed to health care in the tradition of the Catholic Church. Our mission is to witness to the healing ministry and abiding presence of Jesus.
Our concern is for health in all its aspects: physical, emotional, spiritual, and social. Because we see health as a condition for full human development, our Association encourages all activities destined to promote
wellness, prevent disease, and cure sickness. We commit ourselves to work openly and earnestly, in both official languages, with all people in our society." From a teacher's viewpoint, I think this is a great site for "staying in tune" - informed. It provides us with resources that if we would like, we could order items such as: posters, books, health ethics kits etc. OR simply read and download articles of current issues and events.
--Loredana Campoli
Vanier Institute of the Family
The Mission of the Vanier Insitute of the Family is to create awareness of, and to provide leadership on, the importance and strengths of families in Canada and the challenges they face in their structural, demographic, economic, cultural and social diversity. Information from the Institute’s research, consultation and policy development is conveyed through education and communications vehicles to educators and researchers, the business community, the media, social service professionals, the public and Canadian families themselves.--from the website.