Infant Development

The Infant Development Program (IDP) is a family-centered, home based, consultative program that serves children from birth to three years of age. Children are eligible if they are considered at risk for developmental delays, are already experiencing a delay or have a diagnosis. IDP promotes maximum development through evidence based interventions, consultations, and education.



  • Home visits to encourage progress, develop new goals and activities
  • Both formal and informal developmental assessment
  • Gross motor screening by a Physiotherapist as necessary
  • Ongoing physiotherapy as necessary
  • To enhance the home-based program, parent child groups are offered
  • Resource lending
  • Assistance for you and your child making a transition or referral to another program or agency
  • Service coordination if desired

Your participation is voluntary and free of charge

IDP Information Brochure

To learn more about our IDP programs and services, download our brochure below.

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Parent Child Groups

Group programs are offered as an enhancement to your home-based program.

Once you are referred to the program, a consultant will visit you in your home or a location of your choice. Together, we will plan activities that meet both your child’s and your family’s needs and our team will provide relevant information.

Infant Development Consultants are professionals in the field of early intervention. They have skills and knowledge in child development, and can assist you to enhance your infant’s first years.

Referrals to IDP

As a parent or legal guardian, you may contact our Infant Development Program directly, or you may be referred by a Doctor, Public Health Nurse or Community professional. You may submit referrals by downloading our IDP referral form, or filling out the referral form here.

For any questions, please contact us at 604.435.8166, fax 604.709.4553 or email with consent to

IDP Referral Form

Fostering Early Development

Our mission is to ensure that all children, from birth to 6 years, in foster care settings have access to opportunities and environments that promote optimal physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual development.

Referral to this program is automatic by The Ministry of Children and Families and The Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society for all children, birth and six years, admitted to care on a care order.

Fostering Early Development staff work in partnership with foster parents to screen children’s development at regular intervals, make developmental recommendations and where necessary referrals to other professionals that can help.

The program also provides training to foster parents and social workers on the Ages and Stages Questionnaires, brain development, how trauma affects brain development, attachment and strategies to support children’s development within the home.

For more information, please contact Amy Ris at 604-301-2819 or

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