Families Matter

About the Agency

About the Agency


To promote optimal child development by empowering families to be resilient and to foster positive family relationships.


A connected community in which children and families are nurtured and supported to be happy, healthy and productive.

Our Core Values:

  • Families Matter is a   “yes ” organization that values:






Our Possibility

Imagine for a moment if family members could confidently communicate, in accountable and respectful language, with their parents, siblings and peers. Imagine if parents routinely modeled effective ways of problem solving with their children in ways that build self-esteem. What would be possible for future generations if we placed as much emphasis on developing the skills and competencies of cooperation, as we currently do on individual achievement?

Imagine how well society would function if this was the normal way of being.

Our Approach

We create learning opportunities where we can engage, instruct, role model and inspire people to live Seven Core Ways of Being:

  • Being Conscious
  • Being Committed
  • Being Competent
  • Being Confident
  • Being Caring
  • Being Connected
  • Being Cooperative

As these Seven Core Ways of Being are more consistently practiced, we build the skills of leadership and collaboration onto this foundation.  The result is increased effectiveness in several essential skills.

Essential Skills

  • Appreciation and understanding of self and others
  • Active listening
  • Service to others
  • Expectation of a positive future
  • Capacity for and connection to learning
  • Life skills (good decision making, assertiveness and impulse control)
  • Problem solving skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Emotional mastery
  • Seeking out objective feedback


We Invite you to read and celebrate our successes in 2017 in our Annual Report.

Families Matter Annual Report 2017




What People Are Saying…

“The team at Families Matter gave us the help and resources we needed to grow our family.” Tracy Schultz

“The programs at Families Matter are simply incredible. We've learned so much when it comes to parenting our two little ones.” Danielle Stewart