Child, Youth & Family Supports

A young family

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

  • Adoption
    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.
  • 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 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.

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