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Sherbourne Health Centre – LGBTQ Parenting Network

Group Name: Sherbourne Health Centre – LGBTQ Parenting Network

Description: Like the unique mosaic at our front door, Sherbourne was shaped by our communities. As with our programs and services, when the pieces are put together, the different colours and textures form something inviting, vibrant and relevant to the people we serve. We work closely with our partners and community members. Our primary care and chronic disease management services, health promotion and education, outreach and social supports, and mental health services work together to provide transformative care and support.

The LGBT Parenting Network was founded by The Family Service Association of Toronto (FSA) in 2001 (now Family Service Toronto – FST). With new funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in March 2006, the LGBT Parenting Network was moved from FSA to the Sherbourne Health Centre in March 2007 and added the Q, becoming the LGBTQ Parenting Network. The LGBTQ Parenting Network supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer parenting through training, research, resource development and community organizing. We work with individuals, organizations, and communities from the local to the international.

Where: 333 Sherbourne Street | Toronto, ON M5A 2S5

Contact: Rachel Epstein 416-324-4100 Ext. 5219 | parentingnetwork@sherbourne.on.ca | www.lgbtqpn.ca

Rexdale Women’s Centre – Family Drop-In

Group Name: Rexdale Women’s Centre – Family Drop-In

Description: The Rexdale Women’s Centre is an independent, non-for-profit, voluntary agency that serves high-need women and their family members residing in the Greater Toronto Area. At the Rexdale Women’s Centre, our vision is that in the Greater Toronto Area all immigrant, newcomer and refugee women and their partners, children, parents, and other family members of all generations have everything they need.

The Family Drop-In program is designed for children from 2 to 12 years of age and their parents. The program provides children with the opportunity to develop skills in language, cognitive development, sensory development, creativity and gross motor skills development. This program is designed for newcomer children and their parents who have limited knowledge of English language. While children are busy learning and creating, parents are involved in workshops and seminars that develop better parenting skills. Parents learn more about their children’s development and are encouraged to use these techniques at home in order to continue the growth of newly acquired skills and at the same time foster positive learning opportunities for their children.

Where: 925 Albion Road, Suite 309 | Etobicoke, ON, M9V 3Y7

When: Please call for more details on the location and time.

Contact: Susan 415-745-0062 Ext. 226 | www.rexdalewomen.org

Catholic Community Services of York Region – Farsi-speaking Parenting Group

Group Name: Catholic Community Services of York Region – Triple-P in Farsi

Description: Catholic Community Services of York Region is a not for profit charitable, social services agency, delivering a comprehensive array of services to the whole community. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are an inclusive, multicultural organization embracing many faiths and languages. We are a registered charity and issue tax receipts for donations. CCSYR is a family services agency, accredited by both Family Service Ontario and Catholic Charities. We offer many types of counselling and group services to help people cope with personal and relationship challenges.

Triple-P in Farsi(The Positive Parenting Program): An eight session group for Farsi speaking parents of teens who have children of 0-12 years, to gain confidence, problem solving skills and useful strategies for raising compliant and confident held in collaboration with FSYR (Family Services York Region). Groups are run by an accredited Triple P practitioners. The program is eight weeks in length, consisting of five two-hour group sessions (once a week) and three telephone interview sessions (15 – 30 minutes), addressing your individual progress. ***Registration in advance is required. Call the Intake Line or e-mail us. This group is offered in Farsi. Child minding is sometimes available for these programs. Call to enquire or check the Schedule. There is no registration fee.

Where: Family Service York Region 10610 Bayview Avenue, Unit 18 | Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3N8

When: Tuesdays from January 13th, 2015 through March 10, 2015. Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Contact: Roya 905-883-6572 Ext. 256 | 905-770-7040 | groups@ccsyr.org | ccsyr.org

Child Development Institute – Anxious Pre-schoolers and Parents

Group Name: Child Development Institute -Anxious Pre-schoolers and Parents

Description: Child Development Institute (CDI) is an accredited children’s mental health agency, providing a range of programs and services for children 0 – 12 and their families. They offer evidence-based programs across three streams: Early Intervention Services, Family Violence Services and Healthy Child Development.

Supported by United Way Toronto “Success by 6” funding, the Parenting Group for Anxious Pre-Schoolers (P-GAP) is a group for parents of younger children, typically kindergarteners, who are experiencing anxiety, are having difficulty overcoming fears or are socially inhibited. The 10-week parent group is co-led by a TEGH (Toronto East General Hospital) psychiatric expert in childhood anxiety and a trained CDI social worker. Children are referred to this program through TEGH intake services; a physician’s referral is necessary. This group is led by Dr. Gili Adler Nevo and Ms. Laurie Charlton (MSW).

Where: 197 Euclid Avenue | Toronto, ON M6J 2J8

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-603-1827 Ext. 2300 | Suzanne Stead 416-469-6580 Ext. 6308 | info@childdevelop.ca | www.childdevelop.ca

South Riverdale Community Health Centre – Parent & Child Groups

Group Name: South Riverdale Community Health Centre – Parent & Child Groups

Description: The South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC) is a community-based organization that offers primary health care services and health promotion programs to a diverse community. We strive to respond to local issues and provide services in active partnership with our clients, patients, neighbours, community groups and professional organizations. SRCHC is funded by the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network.

Parents and caregivers meet, take part in discussions and enjoy activities with their children. All groups are led by a health promoter, with social workers, dietitians and nurses presenting information and answering questions. 8 sessions, 2 ½ hours each. Each session includes a 30-minute discussion, as well as time to share information. Childcare, TTC tickets, healthy snacks, books and toys are available. Individual consultations are also available. *** Parents, caregivers with children aged newborn to 6 years old. Must live within service boundaries. Each group is offered 3 times a year for 8 weeks.

Where: 955 Queen Street East | Toronto, ON, M4M 3P3

Contact: Shirley Cheng-Kerr 416-461-1925 Ext. 348 | Gurpreet Karir 416-461-1925 Ext. 230 | www.srchc.ca

Extend-a-Family – East Evening Parent Group

Group Name: Extend-a-Family – East Evening Parent 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.

You are invited to join our gathering of parents and guardians of children with disabilities. Our time together is an opportunity to connect with others, gain perspectives and to share while considering the many unanswered questions parenting a child with a disability brings.*** No childcare available.

Where: Corvette Junior Public School | 30 Corvette Ave | Scarborough, ON M1K 3G2

When: January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1 and May 6, 2015. Time: 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Contact: Kim Southern-Paulsen 416-757-2780 | ksp@extendafamily.ca | www.extendafamily.ca

The George Hull Centre – Women’s Group

Group Name: The George Hull Centre – Snack & Chat

Description: The George Hull Centre for Children and Families offers a full spectrum of children’s mental health services to children from birth to age 18 and their families. The Centre, located in Etobicoke, is a non-profit charitable organization, governed by a local volunteer Board of Directors and accredited by Children’s Mental Health Ontario. There is no fee for service. The Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services provides 88% of The George Hull Centre’s annual funding. The rest comes from a variety of sources, including individuals, foundations and the corporate sector.

The Snack & Chat is a support group for women:

  • To offer parenting support
  • To discuss community resources
  • To access a clothing exchange
  • Workshops are available – topics are chosen by the group

Where: LAMP Community Health Centre | 185 Fifth Street |Toronto, ON M8V 2Z5

When: Second Tuesday of every month from February 10th until June 9, 2015. For all women and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Contact: Rae Masche 416-622-8833 Ext. 252 | reachus@georgehullcentre.on.ca | www.georgehullcentre.on.ca

The George Hull Centre – Parents of Teens Support

Group Name: The George Hull Centre – Help I Have Teens

Description: The George Hull Centre for Children and Families offers a full spectrum of children’s mental health services to children from birth to age 18 and their families. The Centre, located in Etobicoke, is a non-profit charitable organization, governed by a local volunteer Board of Directors and accredited by Children’s Mental Health Ontario. There is no fee for service. The Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services provides 88% of The George Hull Centre’s annual funding. The rest comes from a variety of sources, including individuals, foundations and the corporate sector.

The Help I Have Teens is a resource group for ALL parents of children 12-18 years. They can learn how to:

  • Improve their relationship
  • Communicate effectively
  • Resolve inevitable conflicts
  • Set reasonable limits
  • Prepare their teen for independence
  • Stay sane

Where: 81 The East Mall, Third Floor | Toronto, ON M8Z 5W3

When: 6 Tuesdays: January 20 – February 24, 2015. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 pm. For parents only of children 12-18 years old.

Contact: Fadia Zakkak 416-622-8833 Ext. 258 | www.georgehullcentre.on.ca | reachus@georgehullcentre.on.ca

The Etobicoke Children’s Centre – SNAP Program

Group Name: The Etobicoke Children’s Centre – SNAP: Stop Now and Plan

Description: At The Etobicoke Children’s Centre, we are dedicated to providing services to children, youth and their families who experience challenges related to mental health and autism. We believe in a collaborative approach to addressing the needs of children and youth, working with parents, caregivers, and the community to promote support for the individual child and awareness in​ the community. Our multidisciplinary team assists at every stage, providing prevention, early intervention, consultation, treatment, and transition support, according to each family’s unique needs.

The SNAP: Stop Now and Plan Program is:

  • For children who are experiencing significant difficulties at home, school, in the community and with peers
  • For children who are engaging in antisocial behaviours (e.g. theft, vandalism, bullying) and have had contact or are at risk of having contact with police due to their behaviour
  • Parents and children will learn how to deal effectively with their anger and come up with a positive plan of action; a plan that makes their problems smaller, not bigger
  • Parents will also learn different strategies to help manage their child’s behaviour at home

  • Group for parents and children run at the same time. Includes a light supper and childcare for those children not in the group. Who should come: Parents and children. ***All participants are asked to participate in evaluation of their experience of this service.

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

    When: Call for dates.

    Contact: Tanoon 416-240-1111 Ext. 2238 | ecc@etobicokechildren.com | www.etobicokechildren.com

The Etobicoke Children’s Centre – Attachment for Parents

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Group Name: The Etobicoke Children’s Centre – Attachment-Based Psycho-Educational Group for Parents

Description: At The Etobicoke Children’s Centre, we are dedicated to providing services to children, youth and their families who experience challenges related to mental health and autism. We believe in a collaborative approach to addressing the needs of children and youth, working with parents, caregivers, and the community to promote support for the individual child and awareness in​ the community. Our multidisciplinary team assists at every stage, providing prevention, early intervention, consultation, treatment, and transition support, according to each family’s unique needs.

The Attachment-Based Psycho-Educational Group for Parents: focuses on building connections between children and parents/caregivers; provides parenting strategies that are suited for the specific needs of children with attachment difficulties; involves discussion, experience sharing, and the viewing of “Building the Bonds Of Attachment” by Daniel Hughes. Who should come: Parents who have been apart from their children and are now experiencing difficulty in their relationship. Foster or adoptive parents hoping to build a deeper connection with their children would benefit from this group. *** All participants are asked to participate in evaluation of their experience of this service.

Where: 2267 Islington Avenue | Etobicoke, ON M9W 3W7

When: A light supper will be provided. The group will take place at the Rexdale location, with the start date and times to be determined.

Contact: Diana 416-240-1111 Ext. 2546 | ecc@etobicokechildren.com | www.etobicokechildren.com

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