Saath: Supporting South Asian Families
Effective September 8, 2021, Indus requires proof of vaccination via paper or PDF vaccine receipt or an enhanced digital vaccine receipt that features a QR code (upon implementation by the Province of Ontario) and another piece of photo identification, such as a driver’s licence or health card in order to access in-person services. Clients who are unable to provide proof of vaccination will only be provided phone or virtual services by appointment only.
Indus Community Services has collaborated with Peel Children’s Aid Society to create our collective Saath Wraparound Service Response, which aims to provide a culturally centered approach, with a focus on the unique perspectives and experiences of the South Asian community. Saath speaks true to its meaning, “together” in Hindi and Punjabi, where we work with and for families to effectively understand unique dynamics and provide support services rooted in cultural respect.
When Peel Children’s Aid Society works together with a family who may benefit from Saath, the teams reach out to Indus to connect with a cultural facilitator, also known as a “wraparound” worker. This facilitator has strong connections to South Asian communities and familiarity with their languages, religions, traditions, and cultural practices. Also well-versed in the specifics of the child welfare system, the facilitator can provide culturally appropriate resources and support to the family, help navigate cultural issues, and advocate for the family’s needs. Together we are wrapping around children, youth and their families as a support system that celebrates diversity.
Elements of the Saath Wraparound Service Response include:
- Joint visits with a Peel Children’s Aid Society child protection worker and Saath cultural facilitator/wraparound worker;
- Culturally competent parenting and informal networking support;
- Access to support with employment, housing, education and child care;
- Facilitating emotional health service support through community partnerships.
Our priority is to always give parents the support they need to create a stable home and strengthen the family unit. Indus is pleased to be building strong working relationships with the many communities in Peel Region.Programs like SAATH are important steps toward building trust with families of diverse cultural backgrounds to work together on building a better future for the children and youth we serve.
We are proud to celebrate one year of our Saath with you and share our 2020 service highlights: