Children, Youth & Families
Community Services provides a range of community-based, prevention-oriented services to children, youth, and their families.
NOTE: Our Child Care Information has Moved
Information related to Child Care and Early Childhood Development is now available through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website.
Programs and resources
The different types of adoption, eligibility etc.
- Foster Care
Information for prospective foster parents.
- Child Abuse
Information for people who suspect a child is being abused.
- Youth Secretariat
We are helping involve young people in the essential tasks and processes of government and the community at large.
- Community Child Welfare Boards
Community Child Welfare Boards serve as links between the community, the local child welfare services, and the Minister of Community Services.
- Nova Scotia Child Benefit
This is provided to all low-income families to help them with the cost of raising children under the age of 18.
- Low Income Pharmacare (drug coverage) for Children
Prescription drug coverage is available to families who receive the Nova Scotia Child Benefit.
- Children in Care
When children can't remain in the home.
- Community Residential Services
This program provides placement services for children and youth in the care of the Minister of Community Services, who require more supervision and structure than is available in family foster care.
- Secure Care at The Wood Street Centre
A safe place for children and youth in crisis.
- Child and Youth Strategy
An initiative to improve services to children, youth, and families through greater collaboration between government departments.
- Community-based Organizations Supported by Family and Youth Services
Community-based programs supported by this department.
- Child Abuse Register
The Child Abuse Register is used by organizations to confirm that potential employees and volunteers have not been found by the court to have abused children.
- The History of Child Welfare in Nova Scotia
This video shows how the way we practice adoption today is based on our experiences over the years.
- Early Intervention Programs
These programs are designed for children who are at risk of poor developmental outcomes.
- By e-mail: Use our contact form