Over the last 30 years Oakville Children’s Home has specialized in caring for medically fragile and children with high needs. Children in our care who attained the age of 18 continued in the program. As the number of children reaching adulthood increased, it led to the establishment of adult-only homes in 2011. Today, Oakville Children’s Home operates eight adult-only homes.
Residential Adult Homes
Our Adult Residential Program operates under the provisions of the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act and in compliance with the Quality Assurance Measures regulations.
In administering its programs and activities, we actively promote social inclusion by providing the necessary support and care so that each person can be an active member of the community and live with others in a residential setting.
Our adult homes are based on the following models:
(a) host family - adults with disabilities live with people who can provide care, support and supervision in a family setting, creating long-term relationships
(b) supported group living residences - homes where three or more adults live and get services and supports as needed
(c) intensive support residences - homes where one or two adults live and get full time services and supports
Currently, our homes are located in Oakville, Mississauga, Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara. Depending on the need, new homes in the following areas will be considered: Durham and York Region.
The mission of Oakville Children's Home is to actively promote the social inclusion of adults under its care by delivering coordinated and structured support and services to allow individuals to:
• participate in the community to the maximum extent permissible
• lead healthy, safe and productive lifestyles
• reach their full potential as members of society; and
• make decisions on as many aspects of their lives as possible.
Central to the mission of Oakville Children's Home is the principle that each individual is unique and requires individualized and adaptable support and services.
Essential to delivering our programs and services is the principle that an individualized approach will be taken when supporting persons with developmental disabilities.
In delivering its programs and services Oakville Children's Home, its staff and volunteers at all times will maintain the respect for, and dignity of the individual.
In providing support and services, staff and volunteers do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, creed, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, family and economic status, and physical or mental ability.
Professionalism, care and compassion is paramount in all dealings with persons under care.
In administering our programs and services, Oakville Children Home respects and responds to all cultures, races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, faiths and religions and protects and maintains the dignity of each individual.
The adults in our homes come from various racial, social and ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientation and our goal and focus is to promote an inclusive and culturally sensitive setting.
In carrying out their day to day tasks, staff are always mindful of the cultural, religious and social needs, from preparing traditional and cultural foods to organizing participation in cultural events and following religious and social customs and norms.
Work and Volunteering
Oakville Children’s Home provides one-on-one support for adults seeking employment or volunteer work through resume preparation, interview skills practice, transit training and continued contact with employers subsequent to being hired.
Several of our adults are currently employed or perform volunteer work. For those adults capable of working or volunteering, this is a significant step towards semi-independent living and greater inclusion in the community.
Education and Day Program
For adults who would like to pursue education, Oakville Children Home has been successful in securing placements at a variety of vocational schools and community colleges, including. Mohawk, Humber, George Brown, Adult Learning Centre and Body Pro Beauty and Aesthetics Academy. Regular and on-going contact is maintained with the institution to ensure continued progress and advancement.
To address the need of adults who are not able to pursue an education or seek employment, consideration is given to enrolment in the Moving Forward Day Program. Moving Forward Day Program is open to the public and provides adult care services from Monday to Friday. This Program promotes and supports an environment that allows the integration and participation of individuals within their community. Adults participate in a variety of structured activities on a daily basis from volunteer work, attending the YMCA, working on specific life skills, gardening, performing community concerts, shopping for and preparing luncheons, weekly therapy dog sessions, nature walks, movie outings, and other planned activities.