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Family (Support) Groups

This is a list of Family Support groups operating in Ontario. If you would like to be added to this list or to report any changes please contact us at webmaster@connectability.ca

Adult Sibling Support Group

In association with: Extend-A-Family http://extendafamily.ca/our-services/family-support-groups/
Description: An opportunity for adult siblings (ages 18 and up) to get together, share, connect, and support one another through sharing stories, information, and conversations in an informal setting.
Location: Zoom Video Communications
Meetings: Every third Thursday evening of the month from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Contact: Ahmad Jabbir,  aj@extendafamily.ca  647 824 4252

Black Parent Support Group

In association with: Community Living Toronto
Description: A group for Black caregivers of children or adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Location: via ZOOM through your phone; tablet; laptop; or other online device
Meetings: Monthly every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month
Contact: Sherron Grant, or Clovis, bpsgroup2020@gmail.com
Facebook: BPSG: Black Parents of Children and Adults with a Disability Support Group
Flyer: Meeting Dates 2021-2022

Chinese Speaking Family Support Group

In association with: Spirit of Life
Description: A family network supporting Cantonese and Mandarin speaking individuals with families who have a son or daughter with a developmental disability in the Chinese community in the GTA.
Location: Zoom Meeting RSVP contact to be invited
Meetings: 4th Friday of each month
Contact: 905-474-9500 info@solhc.ca

Dad’s Group

In association with: Extend-A-Family http://extendafamily.ca/our-services/family-support-groups/
Description: a gathering for Dads who have children (of any age) with a developmental disability. This informal time is designed for people to share, be together, connect and support one another.
Location: Virtual, please RSVP
Meetings: last Tuesday of each month from September –June from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Contact: Salvatore Rocchese, sr@extendafamily.ca, 416-530-0272

Danforth Parent Support Group

UPDATE: Combined with Parent Share until further notice

In association with: Woodgreen Community Services
Description: Get people together to talk about what their kids are doing when school ends.
Location: Woodgreen Community Centre – 815 Danforth (map)
Meetings: once a month from January – June
Contact: Bonnie Heath, bheath@woodgreen.org, 416-645-6000 ext. 1311

DANI (developing and nurturing independence)

UPDATE: Meetings have been postponed until further notice.

Description: Offers parent information sessions on various topics; housing / transition/ employment/ financial planning / medical updates
Location: 501 Clark Ave West, Thornhill, Ontario, L4J 4E5,
Meetings: held once every three months, typically on a Monday evening @ 7:30 pm
Contact: Susie Sokol
Contact: ssokol@dani-toronto.com or call 905-889-3264 ext. 226

Downtown Family Support Group

In association with: Gifted People Services and Community Matters Toronto
Description: Parent Support Group for parents of teens and adults with developmental disability. Includes speakers, discuss issues of concern to the group members.
Location: Online through Zoom, must RSVP
Meetings: 2nd Saturday every month from 1pm to 4pm
Contact: Dianna Jiang, info@giftedpeople.ca, 647-886-9062

Evening Parent Group

In association with: Extend-A-Family http://extendafamily.ca/our-services/family-support-groups/
Description: A gathering of parents and guardians of children with disabilities. Our time together is an opportunity to connect with others, share resources and gain perspectives.
When: Wednesday evenings 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual
To RSVP or If you have inquiries please call Kim 416-757-2780 or email ksp@extendafamily.ca

Family Link

In association with: Community Living Toronto (formerly Pilot Parents)
Description: Bringing families together to offer friendship and a network of support who all share the unique challenges and experiences of parenting a child with a disability
Location: On-line at Connected Families, and various locations and times (See Family Link Toronto for more details)
Meetings: Various locations and times
Contact: Sarah Winter swinter@cltoronto.ca 647-968-6214
More Information: Flyer

FASD Family Support Group

UPDATE: Postponed until further notice

In association with: FASworld Canada
Description: Mutual support for families who have a son or daughter (often adopted) with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). We work with families with children of all ages but most families reach out for help when the children are teens and acting out behaviour starts.
Location: Hospital for Sick Children (map)
Meetings: 9 x /year from Sept-June 3rd Sat of each month from 10-12
Contact: Bryan Philcox 416-264-8000 or Michelle Todorow 416-995-3689 drmtodorow@gmail.com

Group for parents of Children with Autism

In association with: Autism Ontario
Description: Looking for a way to connect with other families? Join Autism Ontario Service Navigators and other family members in an online support group forum. Our Service Navigators will facilitate theme-based, guided conversation on timely topics. This is a great way to connect with other families and brainstorm ideas on different supports and services in your area.
Location: Visit https://www.autismontario.com/events to find a variety of virtual events offered.
Meetings: Dates and times vary, check website to confirm and RSVP
Contact: Karie Evelyn, karie@autismontario.com, 416-246-9592 ext.340

Hand Over Hand: Parent Support Group

UPDATE: Postponed until further notice

Description: The Hand Over Hand Parent Support Group aims to create a community of parents, welcome new parents, and establish a support circle for those who have children with a developmental disability. Regularly, we provide a venue to discuss and share resources with other parents on a multitude of topics. We also provide events which are fun and relaxing for parents to have a break and do something that is out of the ordinary routine! Hand Over Hand is proudly able to provide free child care service for Social Group members (15-30 years old) while Parent Support Group meetings take place.
Location: York Region (exact location varies from month to month depending on activity)
Meetings: Monthly, weekend afternoons, typically between 2-4pm
Contact: Yuen Ngo, parents@handoverhand.ca

“It takes a Village” Black Parent Support Group

Description: A group for Black caregivers of children or adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities
Location: via ZOOM through your phone; tablet; laptop; or other online device.
Meetings: Monthly every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month
Contact: Clovis or Sherron Grant, BPSGroup2020@gmail.com

Life with Loss

In association with: Montage Support Services
Description: A group comprised of adult family members who have lost a loved one, someone close to them. We come together in a non-judgmental forum to walk with you on your healing journey.
Location: Online through Zoom
Meetings: Every Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Contact: Linda Walters, lindagerwalters@sympatico.ca, 416-716-8343

North York Parent Group for Chinese Speaking Families

In association with: Gifted People Services
Description: Parent Support Group for parents of teens and adults with a developmental disability. Includes speakers, discuss issues of concern to the group members.
Location: Online through Zoom
Meetings: 3rd Friday every month from 7pm to 8pm
Contact: Sara Zhang, program@giftedpeople.ca, 647-978-8416

Online Webinars

In association with: Partners for Planning
Description: Each month Partners for Planning hosts online webcasts on a variety of topics for families. Throughout the webcasts, families can connect and have conversations through the chat and some webcasts will host a forum chat after the webcasts with the opportunity to engage with the presenters and other families.
Location: online (www.partnersforplanning.ca )
Contact: Natalie Jones, njones@p4p.ca, 416-232-9444. Check out www.partnersforplanning.ca

Ontario Wide Virtual Support Group for Mom’s

In Association with: Community Living Toronto, Montage Support Services and The Relationship Group.
Description: A virtual support group for Moms who have a child with an intellectual disability and/or Autism of any age to come together to share, strategize and support one another.  The group is open to everyone regardless of where they reside in the province of Ontario.
Location: ZOOM Meeting, link will be sent once RSVP has been received.
Meetings: every Monday evening from 7:30pm-9:30pm, and every Thursday afternoon from 1:00pm-3:00pm, participants are welcome to join either meeting or both.
Contact: Linda: lindagerwalters@sympatico.ca or Tracey: toregan@cltoronto.ca for more information.

Parent and Caregiver Support Group

UPDATE: Postponed until further notice

In association with: Asperger Society Ontario (ASO)
Description: Provides a forum for learning, support, and the exchange of information for parents, family members and caregivers of children with Asperger Syndrome. No fees
Location: Toronto City Hall – Committee Room #4 (100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON)
Meetings: Monthly – last Monday of each month from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Contact: info@aspergers.ca

Parent’s Advocacy in the School

www.parentsadvocacy.com
Description: A support group for parents and caregivers to help them advocate for the programs and services their children with exceptionalities require. Information, resources and parent training is available via PAS. A new initiative is the creation of PAAT- The Parents Advocacy Association of Toronto & GTA – Where Parents of Children With Special Needs Unite.
Contact: Dr. Norm Forman
416-429-8511 or PAAT 647-794-6679 – email: support@parentsadvocacy.com

Parent Link

UPDATE: Postponed until further notice

In association with: Youthlink
Description: Provide parent peer support, education and information exchange related to the developmental sector.
Location: 747 Warden Avenue (map)
Meetings: Second Thursday of each month from Oct to June from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Roger Smith, Roger.smith@youthlink.ca & Blair Coombs, blair.coombs@youthlink.ca or 416.967.1773

Parent Share

UPDATE: Combined with Danforth Parent Support Group until further notice

In association with: Community Living Toronto & Parent Outreach Program
Description: A get-together for parents of children (of any age) who have a developmental disability. This informal time is designed for parents to share, be together and connect with each other.
Location: Zoom
Meetings: every second Thursday morning from September –June from 9:30-12:00
Contact: Janet Dunne, jdunne@cltoronto.ca, 647-729-1699, Bonnie Heath, bheath@woodgreen.org, 416 645 6000 x1311.

Parent Support Network

In association with: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Description: Parent Support Network (PSN) is a monthly support and discussion event for families. PSN is co-facilitated by a Holland Bloorview Family Support Specialist and a Family Leader. Aims to create a space where families can share experiences, information, challenges and successes. At times we have guest speakers who present on various topics and join the discussion.
Location: Online through Zoom, must register in advance
Meetings: 1st Wednesday of every month, alternating between day and evening times
Contact: Stephanie Moynagh, smoynagh@hollandbloorview.ca, 416-425-6220 ext. 6146

Safe & Secure Futures Network – East

Description: Aims to empower families to develop and nurture a support circle with their family member who has a disability. Offer opportunities to share and learn from each other. A variety of topics of mutual interest are explored through guided discussions with a facilitator.
Location: Online via Zoom
Meetings: Third Tuesday of the month from 7:00 p.m.  – 8:30 p.m. but subject to change depending on availability.
Contact: Kristen Carhart, ssfne@extendafamily.ca or 647-292-5175

Safe & Secure Futures Network – West

Description: Aims to empower families to develop and nurture a support circle with their family member who has a disability. Offer opportunities to share and learn from each other. A variety of topics of mutual interest are explored through guided discussions with a facilitator.
Location: Online via Zoom
Meetings: Third Tuesday of the month from 7:00 – 8:30pm but subject to change depending on availability.
Contact: Alyssa Marshall, ssfnw@extendafamily.ca or 416-239-7161

Scarborough Residential Alternatives

Description: This is a group of parents looking at various alternatives to independent living – funding, affordability, roommates, support, etc. While the meetings are mostly about housing and supports, a decent life is also discussed and lots of questions and figuring out goes on.
Location: Zoom meeting https://zoom.us/j/92833780448?pwd=TXlQcE5CUEV5a2J2VlVqZi9hOTAxUT09
Meetings: First Tuesday of each month in person from September -June, but a lot of the information and ideas are shared through email.
Contact: Bonnie Heath, heath_bonnie@hotmail.com, 416-550-0177

Toronto Family Network

Description: A regional family network affiliated with Family Alliance Ontario that provides support and information to families regarding how to navigate the educational system and other sectors involving children (of all ages) with additional needs. Families who seek out the Toronto Family Network are provided assistance mainly via e-mail or telephone. When possible, Toronto Family Network volunteers have accompanied parents to IPRC meetings, IEP meetings, etc. Families can also receive support when the Toronto Family Network is invited to speak at conferences and provides workshops to small groups of families.
Contact: Janis Jaffe White or Reva Schafer 416-484-1536, torontofamilynetwork@gmail.com

West Parents’ Support Group

In association with: Extend-A-Family http://extendafamily.ca/our-services/family-support-groups/
Description: A gathering for Parents/Guardians, who have children of any age who have a disability. This informal time is designed for Parents/Guardians to share, be together, connect and support one another. Sessions run once a month on Thursday evenings
Location: Virtual
Meetings: Sessions run once a month on Thursday evenings
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
RSVP: Marissa Wolicki (Family Coordinator) mw@extendafamily.ca 647-292-5357

Young Caregiver Online Support Group

Description: Are you a caregiver between the ages of 15-25? We’re here to help.
Location: Virtual
Meetings: Wednesday evenings
Time: 7:30pm
RSVP: Register online

To be added to this list or to report any changes please contact us at webmaster@connectability.ca

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