This network was formed by a group or organization that came together at the 2016 International Harm Reduction Conference in Montreal. At this conference Community Action for Families hosted a dialogue amongst organizations and conference delegates that explored the challenges and strategies of how to bring harm reduction to child welfare services. There was a desire to keep the dialogue going after the conference and find avenues for working collectively in this domain. This spurred the development of the Harm Reduction and Child Welfare Services Network.

Our Goals

  1. Share successes and challenges related to bringing harm reduction to child
    welfare services.
  2. Enhance individual and collective strategies for bringing harm reduction to child
    welfare services.
  3. Create opportunities for knowledge sharing, knowledge generation and support,
    including sharing/developing resources.
  4. Collaboration on specific projects, collective advocacy, actions and

Joining Our Network

This network is open to all stakeholders with a genuine interest in bringing harm reduction and
other systemic changes to child welfare services. We are actively seeking engagement from individuals most impacted, frontline organizations, researchers, policy makers, and individuals working within the child welfare and related systems.

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Participating Organizations

Amnesty International – New York, USA

AIDS Saskatoon – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

AIDS Committee of Windsor – Windsor, Ontario

Boyle Street Community Services – Edmonton, Alberta

Community Action for Families – Toronto, Ontario

FASSY – Yukon

Fondation de Relais – Morges, Switzerland

Inner City Youth Program – Vancouver, British Columbia

Lakehead University (Angela Hovey, – Thunder Bay, Ontario

NSW Users and AIDS Association – New South Wales, Australia

PARN – cross Canada

Providence Health Care – Vancouver, British Columbia

Rain City Housing – Vancouver, British Columbia

Vermont Legal Aid – Vermont, USA

Women & HIV / AIDS Initiative (WHAI) – Toronto, Ontario