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Catholic Family Services of Toronto – Counselling for Dads

Group Name: Catholic Family Services of Toronto – Counselling for Dads

Description: Catholic Family Services of Toronto was established in 1922 and is a non-profit counselling agency. The agency is accredited by Family Service Ontario and is a member of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Our staff is professionally trained, skilled and knowledgeable.

They are dedicated to excellence, personalized care, and to helping people develop their potential as fully as possible. They provide extensive preventative (wellness) as well as treatment (counselling) services. Their commitment is to promote and strengthen healthy families, marriages, and individuals.

Being A Dad
A program to assist fathers to end their abusive behaviour and affect positive changes in their parenting skills. Men attending the program must not have pre-adjudicated charges before the criminal court. Offered at Catholic Children’s Aid Office Locations. Please call for further details.

Where: Offered at Catholic Children’s Aid Office Locations

When:  8 sessions, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Thursdays, January 21st – March 10th or Thursdays April 7th – May 26th

Contact: Please call 416-222-0048 for further details | |

Extend-a-Family – Dads’ Group

Group Name: Extend-a-Family – Dads’ Group

Description: Extend-A-Family is a Toronto-wide community organization that seeks to ensure that children and youth with developmental disabilities develop meaningful relationships and participate fully in the community. Extend-A-Family is a not-for-profit, charitable organization, founded in 1976, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of parents of children with disabilities, and self advocates and community members.

We invite you to join us at a gathering for Dads, who have children of any age who have a disability. This informal time is designed for people to share, be together, connect and support one another. Please call if you plan to attend.

Where: 3300 Yonge Street, Suite 200 | Toronto, ON M4N 2L6

When: Tuesdays (2015): January 27, February 24, March 31, April 28, May 26, June 23. Meets from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Contact: Salvatore Rocchese 416-530-0272 | |

Korean Canadian Women’s Association – Father’s Support

Group Name: Korean Canadian Women’s Association (KCWA) – Father’s Support

Description: KCWA Family and Social Services is a non-profit organization established in 1985 by a group of women who were concerned with women and family issues. KCWA’s mission: “Building the Korean-Canadian community, one person at a time.”

To do this, They aspire to:

— Empower all members of the community to live free from violence, poverty and inequity.
— Provide culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate services and programs.
— Enhance the well being of immigrant families and promote their efforts to realize their potential.

The Father’s Support Group assists fathers to reduce child care stress, decrease social isolation, build social networking and improve family relationship qualities.

Where: 27 Madison Ave. | Toronto, ON M6R 2S2

Contact: Justin Kim 416-340-1234 | |

Yorktown Family Services – Supporting Young Families

Group Name: Yorktown Family Services – Supporting Young Families

Description: Yorktown Family Services is a community-based nonprofit social services agency dedicated to providing effective, accessible, quality mental health treatment, prevention and out-reach services to children, youth, women and families in the former City of York.

Supporting Young Families is a United Way “Success By Six” Program for pregnant and parenting teens, under 22 years of age, with children birth to six years of age, living in the former City of York. Collaborating agencies include: Yorktown Child & Family Centre, Macaulay Child Development Centre, Humewood House, Unison Health & Community Services, Toronto Public Health and Programs Without Walls. Supporting Young Families services are available at The Jane Street Hub (Jane & Trethewey). Transit Tickets and Food Vouchers are available for participants. Young mothers are eligible to participate until their 23rd birthday and fathers until their 27th.

Where: 2010 Eglinton Ave. West, Suite 300 | Toronto, ON M6E 2K3

When: Prenatal & Nutrition Education Program, a Healthy Eating and Nutrition Program, Fathering Support Group, a Parent & Child Program are offered with Child Care available on Thursdays, 4-6 p.m.

Contact: Leisha 416-394-2424 Ext. 243 | Karina 416-394-2424 Ext. 225 | |

Super Dads Program

Group Name: Super Dads Program

Description: Super Kids . . . they come from Super Dads. Though it would be nice if children were able to grow on their own and develop into mature adults who contribute to this world, it takes a lot of sweat and effort for this to happen. Good kids don’t just happen . . . they are nurtured by caring, involved, and responsible adults. And for the 8 sessions of Super Dads Super Kids, the focus is on responsible fathers – men who make a conscious choice to be the solid role models kids are longing for and need today. There is no fee to attend and TTC tokens and snacks are provided. Only two sessions can be missed before being disqualified for the remainder of the program.

Where: Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre 439 Dundas Street East | Toronto, ON M5A 2B1

When: This program runs for 8 weeks starting April 21st, 2015. On the 9th week there is a graduation ceremony. It will be on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Contact: Steven 416-360-4350 Ext. 229 | |

Portuguese Speaking Fathers’ Group

Group Name: West Neighbourhood House- Portuguese Speaking Fathers’ Group

Description: West Neighbourhood House will work in partnership with the community to promote personal and social change in order to achieve a safe, health and accepting society for all. To this end, we will work with our resources and the strengths of the community. West Neighbourhood House enables less advantaged individuals, families and groups in the community to gain greater control over their lives and within their community.

The Portuguese Speaking Fathers’ Group is a group where Portuguese Speaking Fathers and their preschool children (0-6 years) can share their culture, exchange ideas and enjoy quality time together. The group regularly participates in various recreational activities including trips to local events and attractions as well as educational parent skill building workshops. The objective of this program is to foster healthy parenting, encourage learning of new skills and awareness of healthy child development. This program builds social networks and provides individual support to fathers.

Where: West Neighbourhood House 248 Ossington Avenue | Toronto, ON M6J 3A2

When: This program runs every other Saturday generally between 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. and childcare is provided.

Contact: Samantha Da Silva 416-532-4828 Ext. 161 | |

Young and Potential Fathers

Group Name: Young and Potential Fathers

Description: The Young & Potential Fathers Initiative addresses the cycles of disengagement, lack of resources and lack of visible role models for young racialized fathers in Toronto’s priority neighborhoods, with a specific focus on African Canadians. The initiative will strengthen the capacity of individuals, families and the community at large to provide direct support to young fathers and their children. In a model of a home away from home, Ujima House is a child friendly space where young fathers can learn and bond with their children. Ujima house was designed to reflect the comfort and sensibilities needed to create an environment conducive to young men feeling at ease.

Moreover YPF has created a space where Young & Potential Fathers can receive mentorship, support and be engaged in dialogues about issues relevant to them as fathers, racialized youth, and to receive life skills supports for them and their children.

Fatherhood Talk is a weekly discussion group designed to bring young and potential fathers together with peers and mentors from the community. Each session will take place in the Barber’s Corner of Ujima House and focus on engaging and empowering dialogue where the meaning of manhood, fathering and best practices can be shared. Conversation topics include Education, Employment, Involved Parenting, Politics, Sex, Music, Culture, Media and many more. A limit of 10 haircuts per session, participants must be in attendance to sign up for haircuts.

Where: 1901 Weston Road, Unit 18 | Toronto, ON M9N 3N5

Contact: Zakiya 416-916-2512 Ext. 305 | |

Gay Fathers of Toronto

Group Name: Gay Fathers of Toronto

Description: Gay Fathers of Toronto (GFT) is a peer support group run by and for gay men who are fathers. Since 1978 GFT has been helping men on their journeys. We are here to tell our stories and to hear yours. We do not tell you what to do or when; we are here to support you in the path you believe is right for you and your situation.

Many men come to their first meeting feeling vulnerable, uncertain, perhaps confused, and concerned about what lies ahead. Some face problems demanding attention. By respecting every man’s personal boundaries, we try to provide a place where it feels safe to discuss personal issues. The privacy of each of us must be respected by all.

Where: Room 304 at 519 Church St. Community Centre | Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

When: Support group meetings are 2nd and 4th Thursdays (8:00 to 9:45 pm) every month, except when “The 519” is closed (mostly statutory holidays). Just show up. All gay fathers are welcome. It is not necessary to call or register.

Contact: 416-392-6874 | |

Fathers are Capable Too

Group Name: Fathers are Capable Too (FACT)

Description: Fathers Are Capable Too is one of the largest non-custodial parents’ and children’s rights organisations in Canada dealing with custody and access. F.A.C.T. is an organisation of both men and women working to support our children’s right to have a relationship with both parents. They are a not-for-profit non-custodial parents’ and fathers’ support and advocacy group.

Where: All Saints Kingsway Church | 2850 Bloor St. West | Toronto, ON M8X 2Y8

When:  Meetings will be held on the first and third Tuesday of each month (unless a holiday interferes) until further notice.  Meetings will be held on Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016, Jan 19, 2016, Feb 2, 2016, Feb 16, 2016, Mar 1, 2016, Mar 16, 2016, Apr 5, 2016, and Apr 19, 2016.  On the fourth Thursday of the Month, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, we will be having meetings at the facilities of the Canadian Centre for Men and Families which is located at 152 Carlton St., Unit 201 in Toronto (close to Jarvis and Carlton). We would therefore be there on January 28, 2016, February 25, 2016 and March 24, 2016.We are also in discussions to start holding a once a month Thursday meeting starting in June at a location in downtown Toronto for those who have difficulties with Tuesday meetings. These will be support meetings although there may be some current events to discuss as well.

Contact: 416-410-3228 |

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