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Touchstone Family Association
Strengthening Families • Building Community

Touchstone is a non-profit community based social service agency. We have been providing services to Richmond and nearby areas since 1983.

Our services have primarily focused on preserving and enhancing family relationships. Through qualified staff, we offer a wide variety of professional services to the community.

Transition to Independence

Transition to Independence Program Description

Touchstone Family Association has operated the Transition to Independence Program since April, 2015. The Life Skills Counsellors provide services and support for youth aged 16-19 who are either; in care, transitioning to independent living or on youth agreements.  The referral agents for this program are the youth social workers of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, who provide the specific goals of service for each youth as agreed on in the Youth Independence Planner.  The services are provided in practical settings that will best suit the youth’s needs, such as in office, in community, in school, in home or outreach.

Transition to Independence Program Goals and Objectives

  1. To provide service interventions for youth in developing adult competencies to achieve independent living with confidence and success
  2. To collaborate with youth and social worker in developing and achieving goals set forth in Independence Planner
  3. To provide outreach service in addressing housing related activities including searches and advocacy, education regarding tenancy rights, securing safe and affordable housing, maintaining stable housing
  4. To assist with life skills development in areas including budgeting and finance, food preparation, and proper identification
  5. To assist youth in accessing and achieving success with community supports providing employment and/or educational/vocational opportunities.
  6. To provide youth with ongoing monitoring and assessing on going goals of service as established by the Ministry of Children and Families social worker.
  7. To provide weekly updates to social worker and facilitating any necessary adjustments for youth support service plan.

Referrals are made by MCFD only. 

Family Preservation & Family Reunification Program (FPFR)

stone family1We provide a range of counselling, and support services for family, youth and children. We work with a variety of modalities, and we offer therapeutic art and play activities, and address issues involving child protection, blended family, family preservation work, family of origin work, child abuse prevention, healing, anger management and couples work.

TFA provides in-home/office counselling to families in crisis. Family Preservation & Family Reunification Program (FPFR) is geared to families likely to breakdown without intervention.

TFA works with children, youth and their families on an outreach basis. The services include counselling work with children and youth, teaching parenting skills child development and connecting families to available resources.

FPFR also provides a crisis intervention service for parents and teens experiencing difficulties living together. With the TFA counsellor communication will be enhanced promoting conflict resolution skills within the family preventing family breakdown.

Click HERE to meet our Counsellors.

For more information contact us.

Funded by:

Province of BC

Our Services:

Please click the following links to see details of our services

Breaking BARRiers (formerly Stressed Teens)

Cantonese Mandarin Support Group


Men, Anger and Family

My Tween and Me

What is Needed to make a Difference

Francis House

prog francis1The Francis House Youth Wellness Program:

  • is a five-bed treatment program located in Vancouver
  • provides care and treatment services for youth with severe behavioural and emotional difficulties
  • encourages social skills development
  • supports development of academic and life skills 
  • offers interaction with and support services for the natural family
  • offers participation in community activities and recreational opportunities

Francis House staff are an incredibly committed team dedicated to helping the house residents experience a better life.  It is a very intense environment, and takes a great deal of skill, patience and understanding.  Staff members assist young people to develop self-awareness, social skills and sensitivities to the needs of others and to understand their own behaviours.

The referral process for Francis House is directly through the Ministry of Children and Family Development resources.

For more information contact Chris Samulak.

Breaking BARRiers

BBRESET/Family Preservation & Family Reunification Program Services

Touchstone Family Association’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) program is designed for youth ages 13-19.  It is a no-cost group for adolescents who are struggling with stress, anxiety, anger, and/or need emotional regulation. This program utilizes mindfulness and CBT in a group setting to develop self-awareness, self-regulation and coping skills for adolescents. 

The name Breaking BARRiers was chosen to reflect the barriers society places on us as well as the walls that we put up ourselves.  This group aims to help youth bring down these walls and open up, with the hopes of moving forward with confidence, skills, and calmness.  We utilize the acronym BARR to reflect this process when we are faced with challenges: Breathe, Anchor, Relax, Reconnect.

Breaking BARRiers runs twice yearly, in Fall and Spring.  Referrals are accepted on an ongoing basis to be added to the next upcoming group.  This is an in-person group that runs for 8 consecutive weeks. 

Referrals are currently being accepted by filling out a referral form. The group is open to any youth residing in Richmond.  Once a referral is received, we will contact the youth directly to set up an interview with them prior to the group start date.

Please see the poster for more information

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Ward or Kelly Gault

Thank you to our funders for their ongoing support for Touchstone Programs and Services

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