2022 Edition

Housing Stabilization and Community Living Services (CA-HSCL) 6: Services for Pregnant and Parenting Families

The organization provides services, either directly or by referral, which support child development and family functioning in a child-friendly and safe environment.
NA The organization does not serve pregnant individuals or families with children.


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Individuals and families that use Housing Stabilization and Community Living Services obtain and maintain stable housing in the community, strengthen personal support systems and resources, and enhance life skills and functioning in order to improve overall well-being and live as independently as possible.
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice Standards.
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions, procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations and training; or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • Several client records are missing important information; or
  • Client participation is inconsistent. 
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or 
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing.      
Self-Study EvidenceOn-Site EvidenceOn-Site Activities
  • Procedures for evaluating educational needs and coordinating educational services
  • Procedures for referring individuals to services
  • Table of contents of educational curricula for expectant and parenting service recipients
  • Informational materials provided to service recipients
  • Educational curricula for expectant and parenting service recipients
  • Community resource and referral list
  • Interviews may include:
    1. Program director
    2. Relevant personnel
    3. Persons served
  • Review case records
  • Observe facilities and settings


CA-HSCL 6.01

Organizations that serve families house families as a unit and keep sibling or family groups together, when possible.
NA The program does not serve family units, or housing families as a unit is not possible or prohibited by law.
Examples: Allowing families to follow their schedules, routines, and rituals to the greatest extent possible can support family functioning, encourage stability, and minimize stress.


CA-HSCL 6.02

The organization evaluates the educational status and needs of children and youth, and: 
  1. informs youth and parents of their educational rights;
  2. connects children ages 0-5 with early childhood learning programs;
  3. helps parents coordinate educational services with relevant school districts;
  4. assists university bound students with federal and provincial student loan and university applications; and
  5. helps children and youth stay current with the curricula.
NA The organization does not serve families with children.
Examples: Organizations can help students stay current with their curricula by, for example, providing time and space for quiet reading and studying or offering assistance with school assignments.


CA-HSCL 6.03

The organization meets the developmental needs of children and youth by: 
  1. facilitating connections to early intervention and trauma-specific services, as necessary;
  2. informing parents of age-appropriate developmental milestones; and
  3. sharing age- and developmentally-appropriate parenting skills and techniques with parents.
NA The organization does not serve families with children.


CA-HSCL 6.04

When serving families with children the organization provides or arranges for recreational and educational activities that:
  1. are appropriate to children’s ages, developmental levels, and cultures;
  2. encourage play and physical activity; and
  3. are provided in safe, childproofed indoor and outdoor environments.


All toys and equipment must be installed and used according to the manufacturer’s instructions, meet all applicable safety standards, and be appropriate to children’s ages and developmental levels.


Activities should be sensitive to the special needs and self-identities of children and youth.
NA The organization does not serve families with children.

NA The organization only provides rapid re-housing services.
Examples: Examples of toys and equipment include: sensory materials, books in the languages spoken by children and youth, art materials, sorting/stacking toys, and gross-motor equipment.

Fundamental Practice

CA-HSCL 6.05

Pregnant individuals are provided or linked with specialized services that include, as appropriate: 
  1. pregnancy counselling;
  2. prenatal health care;
  3. genetic risk identification and counselling services;
  4. fetal alcohol syndrome screening;
  5. labor and delivery services;
  6. postpartum care;
  7. mental health care, including information, screening, and treatment for prenatal and postpartum depression;
  8. pediatric health care, including well-baby visits and immunizations;
  9. peer counselling services; and
  10. children’s health insurance programs.


Young people may need more intensive services that are developmentally appropriate for adolescence and early adulthood.
NA The organization does not serve pregnant individuals.


CA-HSCL 6.06

The organization provides or refers pregnant and parenting residents to parent education classes or workshops that address:
  1. child growth and development;
  2. meeting children’s social, emotional, and physical health needs;
  3. environmental safety and injury prevention;
  4. parent-child interactions and bonding;
  5. age-appropriate behavioural expectations and appropriate discipline; 
  6. family planning; and 
  7. establishing a functioning support network of family members or caring adults.


When an organization does not provide linkages to family planning services because doing so is counter to its mission or beliefs, the organization should disclose this fact and provide individuals with a list of other community providers that offer pregnancy support and education services.
Examples: Organizations can tailor how topics are addressed based on the needs of individuals and families. For example, when serving expectant parents or parents of young children, education on environmental safety and injury prevention will typically address topics such as safe practices for sleeping and bathing.