The Canadian Girl Child

There are some disturbing realities associated with being a girl in Canada in the 90s. For instance:

  • Girls are more likely to be victims of sexual violence, exploitation and harassment;
  • Girls are more likely to experience mental health difficulties and to
    attempt suicide; and
  • Girls are more likely to contract sexually-transmitted diseases.

To better understand why young females enjoy fewer opportunities and benefits of childhood and adolescence than their male counterparts, the Institute has launched a study of the key determinants of health which influence the development of girls.

To obtain a copy of the Canadian Girl Child, click here. (PDF File)

Nobody's Perfect Parenting Program

CICH and the Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs were the national coordinators of this Health Canada program from 1995 - 2003.

Developed during the 80s as a joint project of the Atlantic and Federal health departments, this program's goal is to improve parenting by using community facilitators to introduce positive mentoring in small groups. The Nobody's Perfect Program serves families in every province and territory under the coordination of provincial and territorial partners who implement the program in their jurisdictions.


Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAS/FAE) are 100% preventable. When a mother drinks alcohol during her pregnancy she is placing her baby at risk for FAS/FAE. CICH is working to address FAS/FAE at the levels of prevention, diagnosis and intervention.

FASEout: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effects Outreach Project is a four-year project, funded by Health Canada. FASEout is designed to take current evidence on Best Practices relating to FAS and FAE off the bookshelves and into use across Canada. Through collaboration between national non-governmental organizations and grassroots agencies, this project will compare the policies and practices of these organizations and agencies to sets of recommended Best Practices. Urban and rural communities across Canada will be included in this project as either a Pilot Site, a member of the National Advisory Committee or through the Dissemination Phase. Participants from the educational, health, judicial and social service sectors will work to increase awareness and knowledge of FAS/FAE in order to reduce the incidence of FAS/FAE and to improve services to the children and families affected. FASEout will work towards real change in policy and practice.

For more information on FASEout, contact Diana Fox, Project Coordinator at or by telephone at (613) 239-8838 ext. 228.

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