Prenatal Education and Outreach

Every pregnancy has a unique and profound impact on women and their families. Support at this important time can have positive short and long-term benefits.

Our Prenatal Education and Outreach Program provides local group or individual prenatal education, support, and outreach to pregnant women and their families in Sooke and the surrounding areas.

We offer a low to no-cost program for all who need or want prenatal services.
If you or someone you know needs extra support in pregnancy, please call Sooke Family Resource Society at 250-642-5152

Prenatal Education

We offer 6 week group classes for you and your birthing partner throughout the year.
Class topics include:

  • Healthy lifestyle for pregnancy
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Late pregnancy symptoms and how to cope with them
  • Warning signs in late pregnancy and preterm labour
  • Physical and emotional process of birth
  • Natural pain management for labour
  • Medications for pain in labour
  • Common medical procedures
  • Cesarean birth
  • Infant feeding and nutrition
  • Life with your new baby!

Call for our current class fee and dates. Pricing is available on a sliding scale and child-minding is available on-site if needed.

Prenatal Outreach services are FREE

Outreach services are for you if you have extra needs during your pregnancy.  Outreach services can include partnership with the Island Health Best Babies Program.

Services include:

  • One-to-one pregnancy education and support
  • Nutritional support through food vouchers and/or healthy eating education
  • Prenatal Vitamins
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Resource lending library

Prenatal Education and Outreach Program is supported by:

  • United Way of Greater Victoria
  • District of Sooke
  • BC Gaming Commission
  • Island Health

Family Support

Family Support Program

Our Family Support program helps families who are experiencing difficulties with family life and parenting.

We offer one-to-one support and mentoring to improve parenting skills, confidence, and self-sufficiency.

* This program is currently at capacity and is not taking any new referrals*

Our Family Support Workers help with:

  • individual parent support
  • parenting education
  • referrals to community resources
  • strengthening your healthy family life skills & home environment

To speak with a Family Support Worker, please call:

Sooke: 250-642-5152
West Shore: 250-216-7453

Family Support Group – Registration required

Our parent-child playgroup is an extension of our Family Support Program. We focus on supportive parenting strategies and offer group support to parents with children between the ages of 0-6 who may be facing life challenges such as:

  • single parenthood
  • low income
  • young parenthood
  • social anxiety
  • new to Canada or the community

Ages: Birth – 6 years

In Sooke: Every other Thursday, 10:00am-noon, call 250-642-5152 to register

In West Shore: Every Thursday, 9:30am-11:00am, call 250-216-7453 to register

Supported Access

Fee-for-service

For families not involved with MCFD and required by a court order to have supervised visits, we provide an experienced Supported Access Worker on a fee-for-service basis.

Please call 250-642-5152 for more information.

Family Preservation & Development

This program supports families with low to moderate risks and less complex needs as well as families whose children have been removed from their homes due to high levels of risk.  Supports can include:

  • Mentoring and coaching for parenting knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Parenting capacity assessments
  • Supported access for children and their families
  • In home support, dependent on family need

This program is only available with a referral by a Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) Social Worker.

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The Kids’ Clothing Closet

Come see us at the Sooke Child, Youth and Family Centre location:

6672 Wadams Way

Our Kids’ Clothing Closet provides gently used, quality clothing for children ages 0-18 years. We are open to ALL community members, FREE of charge!

Donations accepted at our SFRS Community Thrift Shop at 6715 Westcoast Road

Toy and Resource Lending Library

Our library was developed by parent volunteers and one of the first of its kind in Greater Victoria in 1988.

Toy Lending Library

We have durable, fun, and educational toys as well as themed bins and childcare equipment for children ages 0-10 years. We lend to Child Care Providers who are registered with our Sooke or West Shore Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR), and to community families accessing services from SFRS.  It’s a free and fun way for families to try out big toys before buying, and for offering new and interesting experiences for your children.

For a complete list of our toys, click here: Toy Lending Library Catalogue

Resource Lending Library

Library membership is a free and a great way to access over 1000 books full of information on wide range of topics, including:

  • pregnancy
  • infant development
  • child development
  • language and literacy
  • family relationship
  • communication
  • guidance
  • health and nutrition
  • adolescent development
  • parenting teens
  • self care
  • mental health

Remember to return books by their due date and enjoy!

For more information about accessing the Toy Lending and Resource Lending Libraries, call SFRS at 250-642-5152.