CANO is an acronym for Centrum for Actieve Netwerkontwikkeling en Omgevingsondersteuning, which can be translated as 'Centre for Active Networking (network developping) and Environmental Support. The CANO projects imply a rethinking and reformulation of our traditional concept of residential care in order to create a flexibel multi-fold practice of dealing with troubled and troubling young people and their environment. Crucial (fundamental) underlying principles are: a permanent care that departs from the daily network of young people and tries to avoid new ruptures. The areas of intervention of CANO are multi-fold and interconnected, so that flexible transition from one area to another is possible without creating discontinuity or ruptures. Areas of intervention include: contextual treatment, individual treatment, residential treatment and day programme, some of these in a project formula.
CANO is a fundamental vision on child and family care. It starts from the request and engagement of the youngster and his or her environment.
CANO takes a very strong stance toward redefining residential care, starting from the point of view that even in difficult familial situations client support can take place in the daily network of the cliënt.
CANO is an integrative model which tries to break the chain of social exclusion and negative experiences of young people and their environments. This also means that the active networking and environmental support aren't realized by an exclusive residential care philosophy, but in a manifold and interconnected model in which contextual treatment, individual treatment, residential treatment and the day programme are possible. The emphasis lies on methods that connect and unblock.
The services that profile themselves as CANO engage to structurize their organisation in a way that maximalises the interconnection in the total family network.