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At Risk Populations

People who, because of their economic, environmental or family situation or a health problem or disability, are considered more likely than others to be affected by or become involved in self-destructive behaviour, criminal activity, abuse, substance abuse, chronic unemployment, homelessness, unwanted pregnancy and other problems which threaten their health, safety and/or personal development.

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Bereaved Individuals

Individuals who have lost someone who was close to them and whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by the loss.

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Community Newcomers

People who are new residents in a community.

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Families/Friends of Inmates/Ex-Offenders

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have been charged with a crime and are awaiting trial, who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to confinement in a correctional facility, or who have served their sentence and have been recently released from a correctional facility.

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Families/Friends of People with Alzheimer's Disease

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have Alzheimer's disease, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by concern about the individual.

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Families/Friends of People with Cancer

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have cancer, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by concern about the individual.

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Families/Friends of People with Disabilities

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have physical, sensory, developmental, cognitive, mental or emotional limitations, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by ongoing interaction with and concern about the individual with a disability.

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Families/Friends of People with Eating Disorders

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives of people who have a compulsive obsession with food, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by ongoing interaction with and concern about the individual. Included are families of people who have anorexia, bulimia, a compulsive overeating problem and other similar disorders.

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Individuals/Families Affected by Divorce

Individuals who have divorced (or separated), are in the process of divorcing or have family members (parents, siblings or other relatives) who are divorcing, have divorced or have separated, and whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by the change.

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People With Complex Needs

Individuals who are struggling with an array of significant, interconnecting issues requiring a wide range of types of support due to the depth and breadth of their needs. Specific eligibility criteria vary widely according to the focus and priorities of individual programs, but typically involve requiring an individualized, holistic response and multiple high-need services from a variety of types of providers. The problems dealt with may span social, economic, education, legal, medical and mental health issues.

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People With Disabilities

Individuals who have physical, sensory, developmental, cognitive, mental or emotional limitations, illnesses or injuries that affect their ability to engage in one or more major life activities. Disabilities and health conditions may be temporary or permanent, may be present at birth or occur at any point in a person's lifetime, and can be of different levels of severity.

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The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.


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