Mother & Child

Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Program

Helping mothers and their children since 1996

Portage’s Mother and Child Program is a residential drug addiction rehabilitation program for pregnant women and mothers with young children. Whereas many mothers hesitate to seek help for fear of losing custody of their child, at Portage they can get treatment together, while at the same time strengthening their bond.

Through therapeutic groups and a supportive environment of peers who have been through similar struggles, the mothers work through the issues that caused their drug addiction problems and develop the skills and competencies to be able to better handle the challenges of everyday life.

Specialised educators work with the children at the on-site childcare service while the mothers are involved in therapeutic groups, and also with the mother-child duo in order to build and strengthen the mother’s parenting skills.

Aftercare and Family Services reinforce the process by providing the client with a solid support network following treatment.


  • Eliminate abusive consumption of drugs/alcohol

  • Develop self-esteem and acquire social skills to better handle life’s challenges

  • Develop and build upon parenting skills

  • Improve interpersonal skills and family relationships to develop a strong support system

  • Prepare for social reintegration and a continued positive lifestyle

How does the program work?

Upon admission, new residents are welcomed by those currently in treatment, who help them understand how the program works. Under the supervision of a team of clinical staff members, residents support and encourage each other through the program, helping each other to acquire the necessary competencies and knowledge to move through the phases and eventually become role models to new residents. Read more


Typical Day

  • Morning routine and breakfast with children
  • Bring children to childcare service
  • Morning meeting
  • Therapeutic groups
  • Activities/Workshops
  • Lunch
  • Therapeutic groups
  • Pick children up at childcare service
  • Dinner
  • Mother-child activities
  • Night meeting

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is this program intended for?

Pregnant women and mothers with substance abuse problems along with their young children.

2. How long is the typical stay at the Mother and Child centre?

The Mother and Child Program generally lasts from 6 to 8 months, depending on the needs of the individual.

3. How much does it cost?
The Mother and Child Program is provided at no cost to Quebec residents and their children. Portage’s Mother and Child program has been made possible through the collaboration and the contributions of the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon and the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec.
4. Where is the program located?
The program is located in Montreal. The phone number is 514 935-3152
5. What languages is the program offered in?
The Mother and Child Program is provided in French and in English.
6. What is the admission process?
Admission is voluntary. The mother can call the centre to schedule an appointment, during which the Admission Officer will assess her eligibility and help her establish a plan to prepare herself and organise important details before starting her treatment at the Mother and Child centre. Following this meeting, the mother will come to the centre for a one-day visit, where she will be paired up with another resident to get a feel for what the program is like. She will participate in therapy groups, take a tour of the facility with the Admissions Officer, and meet the nurse. Once she has been admitted to the program, the mother must expect a delay of 10 to 14 days before her child can join her at the Mother and Child centre. Please contact Portage for more information.
7. Must clients be referred by health professionals?
No. Referrals to the program can be made by the clients themselves, their families or guardians, social service agencies, hospitals, community resources, courts, schools, and other treatment providers.
8. How often will I see my family?

After the resident has been at Portage for at least four weeks, family members can come to the centre for their first 6 hour visit. Following this initial visit, residents can leave the centre with their family every three weeks for 12 hour and 48 hour periods, first accompanied by a more senior resident, and then on their own. The family visit schedule is subject to change, at the discretion of the resident’s caseworker.

There are fewer restrictions for the children. Grandparents and fathers who wish to take a child out of the centre for a visit must simply notify the centre’s administration 24 hours in advance.

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