Helping Families Engage, Connect and Thrive

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Rural Response for Healthy Children acknowledges that our office and the area we support is located on the traditional lands of the Ojibwa Chippewa of the Anishnaabeg group of Indigenous peoples.  Huron County is on territory that is covered by Crown Treaty Number 29, known as the Huron Tract Purchase of 1827.  As a community, we have the responsibility for the stewardship of the land on which we live and work. We recognize and deeply appreciate the Indigenous historic connection to this place and the agreement with the Crown of Canada to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.


Rural Response for Healthy Children (RRHC) delivers
the following programs in Huron County:

Community Action Plan for Children : At the 1990 United Nations World Summit for Children, the leaders of 71 countries made a commitment to invest in the well-being of vulnerable children. The Government of Canada responded with the Child Development Initiative. Community Action Plan for Children (CAPC) is the largest program of this initiative.

This month, RRHC is celebrating 25 years of delivering CAPC to Huron County families.  CAPC is a community based program that addresses the health and development of children who are living in conditions of risk. It recognizes that communities have the ability to identify and respond to the needs of children and places a strong emphasis on partnerships and community capacity building.  CAPC targets children living in low income families; children living in teenage-parent families; children experiencing developmental delays, social, emotional or behavioural problems; and abused and neglected children.  Learn more about our parenting programs and personal safety programs for young children.

Strengthening Huron :  This 22 month long project is dedicated to improving access to multi-generational recreational activities in six communities; Bayfield, Blyth, Brussels, Dungannon, Gorrie and Huron Park as well as improving the capacity of youth activity leaders to ensure children and youth have safe places to develop and grow.  This project is funded by the Government of Ontario.  Check out our Events Calendar  to find an activity near you or become a Safe Places Youth Certified Activity Leader.

Social and Emotional Learning for Youth, Their Parents & Teachers: The is 33 month project, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, commenced in November 2018.   The intention is to listen to youth (ages 12 – 18) who will define which evidence-based every day mental health practices they prefer to enhance their overall well-being.  Parents and teachers will be provided with support to integrate these practices, as well as access to a speakers series to enhance their understanding as we strive to reduce well-being stigma in the area.  More information coming in February 2019.

Social Enterprise : Thanks to Libro Credit Union’s Prosperity Fund, RRHC is developing a program for parents/caregivers who are considering entrepreneurship.  The program includes social entrepreneurship training and hands-on development of a product to test their learnings.   More information coming in January 2019.