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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 (  

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. 


Muskoka Muskoka Family Networks
Carla O'Neill
Connecting families
Greater Toronto
Scaborough Residential Alternatives
Bonnie  Heath

York Region (Aurora, Newmarket)

Family Support Network - Susan Popper
Provides mentorship information to families Facebook Page:
Family Support Network Facebook Group
Halton Region  The Community Oak Park  Housing, Advocacy and Social Connections The Community Oak Park Facebook Page
Peterborough Angela Prins
Michelle Cardwell
Nancy McCarthy - looking for a network
Leeds & Grenville Counties Leeds and Grenville Family Network - Betty Daley
Prince Edward County Family Engagement Networks - Joyce Wade 
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) 
Kelly Runnalls - 519-776-6483 ext.225
A parent directed resource for families, helping build connections
Private Parent Facebook Group:
Burlington Connected Families (affiliated with CL Burlington)
This is a new parent-led group designed to educate, empower and encourage other parents.
Wallaceburg, Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton Care & Share Family Network -
Support, shared interests, information sharing
Thunder Bay  Thunder Bay Family Network
Family Empowerment and relationship and community building
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.
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.   
Simcoe/York Region Family Mentor Program
Children's Treatment Network
Peer mentoring, online resources, parent-led workshops
Hamilton Hamilton Family Network
Linda Armour - 905-526-7190
Canada Wide The Sibling Collaborative
Toronto Toronto Family Network
Janis Jaffe-White, Coordinator

Inclusive Education  
 Toronto Danforth Family Network
Maria DeMarco

Parent self help and support group
Meet once a month (Thursday)
Ottawa Families Matter Cooperative
 FMC assists families who are caring for a loved one with a disability.
North Bay P.A.D.D.
Linda Thomas Oulette
Supporting families who have adult children with developmental disabilities.
Caledon CAFFI (Caledon Area Families For Inclusion)
Patricia Franks

Exploring innovative housing opportunities within their community. CAFFI