Family Services

There are many services in Brooks to help families.

  • Bridges Family Programs Association
    • Bridges Family Programs is the Family Support Services ‘Hub’ for Medicine Hat, Cypress County, Oyen, Cereal, Acadia, Empress, and surrounding areas, including Brooks. The physical location in Medicine Hat and outreach services are provided to the remaining rural communities in the network area.

      Their centralized outreach approach ensures a full continuum of universal, targeted, and intensive services for families, children and youth aged 0 – 18 years. The Bridges Family Programs Family Support Services Hub is part of the Government of Alberta’s Family Resource Network.
  • Brooks Toy Lending Library & Family Resource
    • The Brooks Toy Library has over 1000 toys available to borrow, an extensive collection of cake pans,  movies, educational toys, and children’s puzzles. The resource room has over 400 parenting books, DVDs, and 20 different magazine subscriptions.
  • McMan Youth, Family and Community Services
    • Since opening its first program in 1975 McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association set out to be different. While operating its first group home, McMan's founders provided care in the context of supportive and understanding relationships. The home and everyone in it was encouraged to live by the guiding values of trust, security, giving and acceptance. Today, this framework still exists and is what sets us apart. It is a winning combination to foster learning in a positive environment and these conditions are ideal for people to realize their potential, and also thrive.

      Over the last four decades, McMan has grown and evolved into a dynamic not-for-profit social service agency providing a comprehensive range of programs across Alberta. Earning a sound reputation from success stories and positive relationships, McMan has become well known for being a responsive, highly competent and innovative partner in service delivery. A diverse range of programs and services are accessible through local offices across Alberta to anyone who needs help. We believe that help from someone who cares should never be out of reach.
  • SPEC Association for Children and Families
    • Established in 1978, the SPEC Association for Children & Families, began as a fee-for-service program with Alberta Social Services and Community Health. Since SPEC’s incorporation in 1979, the programs have continued to grow and offer services for children and families under the guidance and leadership of dedicated board members, staff, and volunteers. 

      SPEC is focused on the positive development of kids by providing a continuum of services from early intervention (prevention) to high intervention during crisis. By providing family support services, SPEC continues to focus on a variety of preventive and educational programs that promotes a caring and committed community where kids are resilient and valued.