Eligibility Requirements (Courage to Tell)

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Courage to Tell
Online Parent/Caregiver Education Program
Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to non-offending parents/caregivers and/or other non-offending parties (e.g. foster parents, group home staff, grandparents, babysitters, etc.) as deemed appropriate/eligible for participation by Thrives’ Client Services Coordinator and/or the Sexual Abuse Assessment and Treatment Program (SAAT) Consulting Clinical Supervisor. You must be a resident of the Province of Ontario.

The following criteria must be met by person(s) interested in registering for the Courage to Tell Online Parent/Caregiver Education Program before access will be provided to the course materials:

  • The sexual abuse must have been reported to Child Welfare and/or Police Services and have been verified 
  • Your child/youth (under 18 years old) has made a disclosure of sexual abuse 
  • The disclosure of sexual abuse has been reported to Child Welfare (Children’s Aid Society or Catholic Children’s Aid Society) and/or Police Services 
  • Child Welfare and/or Police Services have completed an investigation and the disclosure of sexual abuse has been verified (deemed to be true by the investigating party) 

If all of the above criteria have not been met, you are not eligible for participation in the Courage to Tell Parent/Caregiver Online Education Program at this time.

If you have checked all three of the boxes above, you may now contact Janice Floyd, Client Services Coordinator at Thrive to discuss the next steps towards registering for the Courage to Tell Online Parent/Caregiver Education Program. Please only call the office if all three parts of the eligibility criteria have been met. Janice can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at (905) 523-1020 ext. 212.

Next steps: 

Eligible participants of the Courage to Tell Online Parent/Caregiver Education Program will be contacted by Thrive staff and asked to provide the following information as the next step in the registration process:

  • Basic information including some specific information pertaining to the child’ sexual victimization
  • Parents/caregivers not known to Thrive (i.e. not clients of Thrive) will be asked to provide the name of the Child Welfare Worker involved with their child/youth and family. For the purposes of exercising ‘due diligence’ the Child Welfare worker will be contacted by Thrive staff to confirm reported and verified child sexual abuse

Special note: 

Please be advised this program is not beneficial for any parents/caregivers who are in denial or ambivalent about the disclosure of sexual abuse made by the child/youth. The objectives of the Courage to Tell Online Parent/Caregiver Education Program do not include proving or disproving disclosures, or assisting a non-believing parent/caregiver to arrive at a position of believing the child/youth.

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