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NURTURING FAMILY NETWORKS

Find a Family Network in your community!
Many parents have told us that their best source of information and ideas is other families. Families across the province are connecting with each other and forming Family Networks for this purpose.

Connecting with other families provides fresh perspectives and practical information, lessens isolation, and can help innovate new solutions. Offering and receiving support builds resilience. A family network can be a pathway to discovering and building upon resources already present within ‘your own backyard’.

As a family formed and led organization, we know firsthand the challenges in creating the best possible life for a loved one with a disability, from childhood to adulthood. While the purpose of a Family Network is to help you enhance the wellbeing of your loved one, oftentimes everyone in your family benefits.

For more information about Family Networks or to be added to our contact list  please contact Natalie Jones (njones@p4p.ca).  

If there is a family network in your area below, please feel free to contact the person directly listed by clicking on their name for their email address. 
AREA CONTACT NETWORK FOCUS

NETWORK WEBSITE or SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE

Muskoka Muskoka Family Networks
Carla O'Neill
Connecting families https://www.facebook.com/muskokafamilynetwork/
Greater Toronto
Area
Scaborough Residential Alternatives
Bonnie  Heath
Housing sralternatives.weebly.com/

York Region (Aurora, Newmarket)

Family Support Network - Susan Popper
Provides mentorship information to families Facebook Page:
Family Support Network Facebook Group
West Toronto/Etobicoke Andrea Englert-Rygus Parents of children with Aspergers's or Autism
North Toronto Laura and Chris Callaghan
Peel  Rima Al-Salah
Halton Region  The Community Oak Park  Housing, Advocacy and Social Connections The Community Oak Park Facebook Page
Oakville Mary Frances Levasseur
Northern Ontario Liz Gibbons
Peterborough Angela Prins
Michelle Cardwell
Nancy McCarthy - looking for a network
Lanark County Joyce Rivington Raising awareness about supports and connecting families
Leeds & Grenville Counties Leeds and Grenville Family Network - Betty Daley
Sault Ste.Marie

Renee Tomasetti

 Looking to start a  network

Prince Edward County Family Engagement Networks - Joyce Wade 
Chatham Kent area Sandy Reilly
Niagara Region
Niagara Family Network
Lyn Bourret
Supporting adults with intellectual disabilities and their families to live fulfilling lives in their community
Essex Ensemble (affiliated with  CL Essex)  A parent directed resource for families, helping build connections
Burlington Connected Families (affiliated with CL Burlington)
Fran
This is a new parent-led group designed to educate, empower and encourage other parents.  http://www.connectedfamilies.ca/participate.html

https://www.facebook.com/infoconnectedfamilies/
Fort Erie Looking for a family Network - Cathy Ettinger
Rochester (USA) Lisa Hulbert
Wallaceburg, Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton Care & Share Family Network -
careandsharefamilynetwork@gmail.com
Support, shared interests, information sharing https://www.careandsharefamilynetwork.ca

www.facebook.com/Care-Share-Family-Network-209085586274496
Thunder Bay  Thunder Bay Family Network
Dana
Family Empowerment and relationship and community building http://tbfn.ca/
https://www.facebook.com/thunderbayfamilynetwork/
Hamilton/Niagara Region Family Nights - in partnership with Autism Ontario and McMaster Children's Hospital
Amy Philips 

Family Nights consists of three groups who meet at the same time: Parent Support Group, Child Group and Sibiling Group. The groups meet on the last Wednesday of each month.
Durham Region Autism Home Base
Judy Hanson
Autism Home Base is a parent-driven association governed by community leaders and professionals.  The group seeks to make partnerships in the community that supports people with autism and their families.  Autism Home Base Durham
Sudbury Sudbury Family Network
Tracy Girard
This new network in the Sudbury area is focused on housing and social connections. Sudbury Family Network Facebook Group 
York Region Special Dads
Brett Philips
The Special Dads is a group for dads who have a son/daughter with an intellectual disability that meets once a month to engage in a variety of social activities and group discussions. https://communitylivingyorksouth.ca/
Kawartha  ABLE (Access to Better Living Experiences)
Diane Engelstad
ABLE is looking to strengthen community capacity for local independent living,  
Sault Ste. Marie/Algoma Kelly Family Network
Patricia Kelly
Looking to build a network that supports older adults as well seeking professional expertise to assist the network.   
Caledon Caledon Area Families For Inclusion- CAFFI
Patricia Franks
This network is focused on inclusion and housing.  
Simcoe/York Region Family Mentor Program
Children's Treatment Network
Peer mentoring, online resources, parent-led workshops https://www.facebook.com/ChildrensTreatmentNetwork/
Hamilton Hamilton Family Network
Linda Armour - 905-526-7190
   
Canada Wide The Sibling Collaborative 
info@siblingcollaborative.org
Siblings https://www.facebook.com/groups/siblingnetwork/
Toronto Toronto Family Network
Janis Jaffe-White, Coordinator
416-484-1536

Inclusive Education  
 Toronto Danforth Family Network
Maria DeMarco

Parent self help and support group
Meet once a month (Thursday)