The Lanark County Planning Council (LCPC) provides leadership and coordination to enable optimal development and healthy living for Lanark County children, youth (0 – 18 years of age), and their families. The Council is committed to providing leadership and innovation in the following areas:
- Service integration,
- planning and evaluation,
- information sharing,
- community education and
- professional development.
The Lanark County Planning Council for Children, Youth and Families came into existence in 2007. The mandate of this council is to provide leadership and coordination to enable optimal development and healthy living for Lanark County children, youth (0-18 years of age), and their families. The geographic community of Lanark County includes both the rural areas and town centres that make up the County of Lanark, including the separated Town of Smiths Falls.
The Planning Council meets on a monthly basis. and is loosely structured with a constellation model
The membership of this Planning Council includes organizations and agencies in Lanark County that provide services to children, youth and their families. The majority of members are senior management, executive directors, networks or people appointed by agencies. There is representation from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and other provincial ministry offices.
The Planning Council is supported in their work by a community coordinator (or planner) who is funded through the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. There are other such planning groups in South Eastern Ontario and the planners meet regularly to share ideas and issues of common interest.