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Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – Child & Youth Program

Group Name: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – Child & Youth Program

Description: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter (EWS) was opened in 1983 by a group of community members who saw a need for a safe place for women and children fleeing violence. Since that time, Ernestine’s has assisted many families with critical immediate care services. Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, an organization run by women, provides support and shelter for women and children escaping violence. Ernestine’s assists women and children in rebuilding their lives by providing crisis intervention and a range of holistic support services, while acknowledging the multitude of issues facing survivors of abuse. Ernestine’s adapts its services to honour diversity and the unique needs of the individual.

The Child and Youth Program is dedicated to supporting children and youth between the ages of zero to eighteen, including male youth up to 18 years old, pregnant women and mothers. EWS believes that children have the right to be separate and distinct from their parents and as a result this program is designed to meet the children’s individual needs. The program is designed and facilitated with age appropriate activities to enhance development in the following areas:

  • Healthy Emotional Expression
  • Impact of Violence – creating a safe place for children to discuss and share their own experiences of violence
  • Early Prevention – informing children of their rights and advocacy. The program provides individual and group counselling.

Where: P.O. Box 141, Stn. B | Etobicoke, ON M9W 5K9

When: Please call for more information on location and times.

Contact: 416-746-3701 press O (Crisis Line) | 416-743-1733 (Main Line) | |

Native Child & Family Services of Toronto – SNAP Program

Group Name: Native Child & Family Services of Toronto – SNAP (Stop Now and Plan) for Parents and Children

Description: Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) was founded in 1986 by concerned members of Toronto’s Native community. The founders were concerned about the high number of children in the care of Children’s Aid Societies and by the issues, such as poverty, addictions, family violence, and homelessness, confronting Native families in the city. The founders were further concerned that while the Native family had many issues before it, few services within the mainstream sector were available to meet the needs of an increasingly voiceless and marginalized community.

SNAP (Stop Now and Plan) for Parents and Children
This 12-week program to help children and their caregivers learn self-control and problem solving skills using SNAP (Stop Now And Plan) within the framework of the medicine wheel and traditional Native teachings. (Concurrent separate groups are held for parents/caregivers and children.)

A telephone interview will be conducted with parents/caregivers prior to acceptance into the group. The SNAP Program is used under license from and adapted with permission from Child Development Institute.

For Parents/Caregivers:
Parents will be taught effective parenting skills to assist them in raising children with challenging behavioural problems. They will also learn about the self-control and problem solving skills being taught to their children.

For Children Aged 7 to 12:
The children’s program uses a cognitive behaviour approach that helps children control compulsive behaviour, think about the consequences of their behaviour, and develop appropriate social skills.

Where: 30 College Street | Toronto, ON M5G 1K2

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-969-8510 | |

Islamic Social Services & Resources Association – Women & Children Program

Group Name: Islamic Social Services & Resources Association – Women and Children Program

Description: I.S.S.R.A. (Islamic Social Services and Resources Association) is a non-profit organization committed to serving individuals, families and communities who are vulnerable, in distress and lack access to other services because of obstacles of culture, language, race, poverty, gender, or other barriers. Muslims and people of conscience should never forget, however, that caring for the poor and the vulnerable in our society is the duty of all able-bodied citizens.

Program for Women and Children
A support network for women and children that are changing their lives to live free from violence in their homes, families, and local communities. A network of service providers who work with the Muslim community who share expertise and resources as we increase the number of culturally sensitive service providers who work with the Muslim community.

Where: 2375 St. Clair Ave. West | Toronto, ON M6N 1K9

When: Please contact for more details.

Contact: 416-767-9358 | 416-767-1531 | |

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 |

Dixon Hall – Parenting Support

Group Name: Dixon Hall – Parenting Support

Description: Dixon Hall creates opportunities for people of all ages to dream, to achieve and to live full and rewarding lives. The Health and Wellness Program provides opportunities for social interaction and support, promotes wellness among seniors, encourages members to develop leadership and creative skills, offers opportunities for continuing learning, provides activities for general enjoyment and facilitates cultural integration.

Parenting Support
GUHD – Growing Up Healthy Downtown! Studies have shown through extensive pediatric research, that a healthy start is vital to a long, productive and active life. The key developmental years begin even before a child is born and continue through to age 6, and good nutrition is part of that overall development. Dixon Hall’s Growing Up Healthy Downtown (GUHD) program works in partnership with 7 other community organizations to deliver programs and services that focus on improving the health and well-being of young children (0 to 6 years of age) as well as offering support and new skills to their parents or caregivers from how to prepare affordable healthy meals, to positive parenting and social skills development. Dixon Hall is committed to ensuring that children get a good start in life so that they can grow into health, happy adults.

Where: 58 Sumach St. | Toronto, ON M5A 3J7

When: Call for more information.

Contact: Ronnie Thompson 416-863-0499 Ext. 241 | | |

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 | |

Jewish Family and Child Services – Here to Help

Group Name: Jewish Family and Child Services – Here to Help

Description: Jewish Family & Child supports the healthy development of individuals, children, families, and communities through prevention, protection, counselling, education and advocacy services, within the context of Jewish values.

A powerful initiative of the JF&CS Woman Abuse program and the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Here to Help is a group program for children ages 4 to 16 and their mothers who have been exposed to domestic violence (abuse in the home).

The Here to Help Program provides a safe and supportive environment where both children and their moms can begin to heal from the hurtful experiences of the violence. Children exposed to aggressive fighting between their parents may learn that this is the only way to solve problems, deal with frustration and have their needs met. To stop the cycle of violence, children need the opportunity to talk about what they have experienced (and may continue to be experiencing) at home. Through Here to Help, children understand that they are not alone in their experiences; they are able to talk to other children, often for the first time, who have been exposed to the same things.

It is also known that parenting can be impacted by domestic violence. Here to Help focuses on parenting skills and strategies to assist moms in working through these challenges.

Where: 4600 Bathurst Street | Toronto, ON M2R 3V3

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-638-7800 Ext. 6216 | |

Child Development Institute – Cool Kids Anxiety Program

Group Name: Child Development Institute – Cool Kids Anxiety Program

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.

The Cool Kids Anxiety Program is a family focused 10-session program for children ages 6-11. Concurrent child and parent groups are offered after the school at the TEGH (Toronto East General Hospital) site. Referred children typically are exhibiting fears and worries that interfere with their daily lives. A TEGH psychiatrist and social worker along with two CDI social workers lead the child and parent groups. The focus is on the children learning how to think realistically, face fears and develop effective social and communication skills. Parents build their skills in learning how to effectively coach their challenged children to cope with anxious thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and learn specialized parenting strategies to help manage their children’s behaviour.

Children are referred to this program through CDI’s Early Intervention Intake Services. 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 |

Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) – FAMEKids

Group Name: Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) – FAMEKids

Description: FAME supports families so that they can live their lives and care for themselves and their loved ones, even in the face of mental health challenges. Their goal is for no family to experience these challenges alone. FAME helps reduce the stress of coping with mental illness by strengthening and supporting family members in your role as caregivers. They can provide advocacy, education, referrals and counseling to families and caregivers facing the challenges of any mental health issue. FAME works hard to ensure that families have a strong voice within the communities. They are based on a self-help model which respects and supports the expertise that families have regarding their mentally ill relative and their experience in the system.

FAMEKids is a program for children aged 7-12 years old, who have a family member with a mental illness. FAMEkids helps kids learn about mental health in an age-appropriate manner and equips them with coping skills through artwork, discussion and games in a safe, kid-friendly environment. Children learn that they are not alone and to not feel ashamed of their family’s struggle with mental illness. A light healthy snack is provided. ****There is no fee for FAMEkids but registration is required.

Where: 50 Burnhamthorpe Road West | Mississauga, ON M9C 3J5

When: Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. October 2 – November 20, 2014

Contact: Anie Najarian 416-207-5032 Ext. 26 | | |

The Reading Partnership

Group Name: The Reading Partnership

Description: At the Reading Partnership, we raise the literacy levels of children by building the capacity of parents and establishing a local culture of reading and learning in communities. We believe that by establishing a community-based culture of learning we can encourage an exchange ideas, enrich family relationships, and bolster our children’s confidence and independent thinking.

This 12-week community based literacy program empowers parents/caregivers with the knowledge and resources to teach their children, aged 4–6, to read. The program actively engages both parent and child on a weekly basis, guiding them through the process of working together, and challenging parents to create positive reading and learning environments at home. If you are a parent/caregiver with a child aged 4-6 this program is for you!

Where: Scarborough East Ontario Early Year Centre | 4218 Lawrence Ave East, Unit 15 | Scarborough, ON M1E 4X9

When: April 8th to June 10th, 2015. There is an application for this program and the deadline is March 20, 2015

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