172 Dufferin Street, Bridgewater, NS1-888-543-1727 or 1-902-543-1727apfyf@ns.sympatico.ca

About Us


Established in 1988, Alternative Programs for Youth and Families, Inc. provides high impact community based services to families throughout Nova Scotia.

We are a social purpose organization committed to meeting the ever changing needs of our community through the provision of a variety of interventions.  We provide a full range of care, treatment, conselling, assessment, education and hands on services to support families  to remain together.

Our services are client driven, accountable, accessible and affordable.

Our main office is located on the beautiful south shore of Nova Scotia in the town of Bridgewater.  We welcome you to contact our offices with any questions you have have, or simply access more information about our full range of services.  Please call 1-902-543-1727 or 1-888-543-1727 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Who We Are 


 Carol Ann Brown, BBA, BA, General Manager


Carol Ann Brown, brings over 20 years of front line and management experience, providing youth and family counseling, medication advocacy and crisis intervention services.  Carol Ann is responsible for the day to day operations of the organization in addition to providing peer supervision, leadership, training, case planning, program development and evaluation.  Carol Ann devotes much of her spare time to volunteer work in our community, where she lives with her husband Jason and young son.

Carol Ann was inspired to create Stay At Home Care, our Senior Care program , in honour of grandmother Doris Conrad, and the challenges that she faced living independently in rural Nova Scotia at 94 years of age.  Her grandmother is the face of this program and motivates us to provide compassionate, affordable, accessible care for elders in need.

Dr. Norman Greenberg,
Ph.D C.Psych, Co-Founder



Dr. Norman Greenberg was trained as a Developmental Psychologist and worked in the Capital Health Mental Health program for 25 years. His experience with youth and adults led to the creation of Alternative Programs for Youth and Families over 25 years ago.  The focus for all programs is to create highly effective community based programs to support challenges faced by families.

In addition, Norman has developed several social enterprises in his efforts to create community based services for people with significant mental health issues. Establishing employment, housing and literacy initiatives has provided the opportunities for many people with disabilities to be part of their community.


Our Team

Alternative Programs for Youth and Families Inc. ensures participants are always in safe and qualified hands by securing trained, educated and experienced staff.  All Team Members must possess a valid Emergency First Aid Certificate, Certification in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Certificate in Food Handling and Medication Administration and Drug Awareness. Additionally all Team Members have completed extensive Policy and Procedure training with Alternative Programs for Youth and Families Inc.  All Team Members have been screened using Police Record Checks and Child Abuse Registry checks on an annual basis. Individual vehicle information including valid drivers licence, registration, insurance, and safety inspection have been verified.

As a family member of a loved one receiving care, parents / caregivers may request access to this information at any time.  Team members are consistent to ensure participants are comfortable and may develop a relationship with our staff reducing the potentially challenging impact of change for our participants.

Ongoing training opportunities are facilitated on a monthly basis in an effort to ensure Team Members continue to grow and strengthen skills which will assist them in providing the highest quality care and service possible to participants.

 Please contact us at : 1-902-543-1727 or 1-888-543-1727 or email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.