Family SOS was founded in 1978 by Dr. John Anderson, a Pediatrician at the IWK. While working in the Emergency Room, Dr. Anderson witnessed first hand the need for a proactive approach to addressing child abuse and neglect in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Family SOS Association was founded to respond to this need, taking a preventative approach to assisting families through developing parenting confidence and skills and providing child-centered programming.


Family SOS will proactively provide services and support to families and communities in need and adapt as their needs and families evolve.

Who are we?

Family SOS is a local, non-profit, child-centered organization directed toward building strong and healthy families. As an inclusive family support agency, Family SOS offers FREE comprehensive programs that will benefit all family members. At Family SOS, we focus on:

  • Increasing parenting confidence
  • Developing relationships within families
  • Fostering self-awareness
  • Improving confidence in children and youth
  • Encouraging pro-social choices
  • Strengthening communication within families
  • Improving health and well-being
  • Empowering self-sustainability

Accessing our services

Many clients accessing our programs and services are self-referred. We also receive referrals from the Department of Community Services, the IWK, mental health providers, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, day treatment programs, and the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team.

Charitable Number: 134859073RR0001