' Adult Protective Services

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Adult Protective Services

Program Objective

The fundamental objective of the Adult Protective Service Program is to support adults (18+) in South Frontenac County with a developmentally disability who are living on their own, to live as independently, safely and securely as possible in the community.  The relationship between the Adult Protective Service Worker (APSW) and the individual with a developmental disability is voluntary and confidential.

Program Functions

The APSW works alongside the individual to develop a trusting respectful working relationship and encourages active participation and self determination in setting and working towards their goals. Client Statement of Rights


Advocates on behalf of the individual to help him/her access and maintain community supports and services

Provides information about resources and makes referrals to agreed upon service agencies

Provides rights information and encourages individuals living with disabilities to acquire self-advocacy skills

Advocates on the individual's behalf in order to access and maintain community supports and services

May provide case coordination, case management and consultative services

Liases with other service providers to determine and address service issues and gaps.


Developing Community Capacity

To maximize a person's opportunities to use natural supports* to enhance their lives, the APSW plays an active role in increasing community awareness about the needs of adults who have a developmental disability and the positive contributions they can make.

*Natural support refers to the support and assistance that  naturally flows from the associations and relationships typically developed in natural environments such as family and community.

In order to access the APSW program at K3C Community Counselling Centres, you must have your eligibility for services confirmed and to do this, you will need to contact the local Developmental Service Organization (DSO) office in Napanee at 613-354-7977. They will be able to help you with the eligibility confirmation process.  If you have any questions about this process, contact us 


The Adult Protective Service Program is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and there is no cost to individuals in this program.

APSW's at K3C Community Counselling Centres are affiliated with the Adult Protective Service Association of Ontario (APSAO).  More information about APSAO and its activities can be found at: http://apsao.org/links.html

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