Parent Mentor

Parent Mentor

Parents who have just learned their child has special needs often feel helpless and alone. Talking with someone who can give them specific guidance can bring a sense of security to parents who wonder what to do when their child does not fit the pattern for the usual growth and development.


WRFN Programs

Programs at Waterloo Region Family Network include a variety of workshops and seminars, ongoing support groups and personal guidance to ensure families are aware of and appropriately connected to all available community resources. Our programs also include social and skill development groups.


WRFN Resources

Our resources page includes information and links on many topics: Advocacy, Support, Respite, Education, Financial Assistance, Camps, Employment needs, Health, Transportation and much more.

Vulnerable Persons Registry: In the event of an emergency, The Registry provides police access to helpful information such as: emergency contacts, detailed description, ways to communicate.

Community News on has expanded to include news and events in Waterloo Region.

Autism in High School is a new web-based guide to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families as they navigate the transitions and common challenges of high school.

Upcoming Events

Community Living has shared their upcoming dances for 2017!  These dances are sponsored by KW Association for Community Living & City of Kitchener.

All dances are held at the Downtown Community Centre (35 Weber St. W Kitchener) from 7-9:45pm.

January 13 – Come as you are A shining bright star

February 10 – Hearts & valentines (Celebrate wear red)

March 17 – St. Paddys day (Lucky green)

April 21 – Spring is in the air (Flowers in your hair or shirts)

May 19 – Country & Western (Plaids and checks)

June 9 – Summers Coming (Bring on beach hats)

Cost: Participants $5, Staff/Parents $1

Pizza is $1/slice (pre-ordered) and pop is $.25 a cup

If you come on your own, you are responsible for your own needs and safety.

Questions?  Call Lillian – 519-741-9422 or Susan 519-654-7023

KW Association for Community Living is hosting their last dance of 2016! Join them for their Christmas Holiday Dance on December 9th, 7-9:45pm.

Location: Downtown Community Centre (35 Weber St. West, Kitchener)

Cost: Participant $5, Staff/Parent $1 Pizza – $1 per slice per-ordered

If you come on your own, you are responsible for your own needs and safety.

Questions?  Call Lillian – 519-741-9422 or Susan 519-654-7023

Join likeminded individuals in facilitated dialogue around the Reggio approach to early learning and experiences with the Wonder of Learning exhibit.

This CoP provides continuous opportunities for collaborative learning that is strengthened by relationships and supported by a culture of reflection.

When: Thursday, December 15th 6-8pm

Where: Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre (154 Gatewood Rd. Kitchener)

All professionals welcome.  No cost to attend.

Registration by phone 519-571-1626 or by email

For more information about this and other CoP opportunities, contact Amber Holmes, RECE

Firefly have shared information about their Winter 2017 programs.

Eat, Cook and Mingle Jr.: This fun group is targeted for children in grades 7 and 8 who want to learn cooking skills and make some new friends while they do it.

Eat, Cook and Mingle! Teen: Come join us for an evening of Cooking, Eating and Mingling! This fun group is targeted for teens who want to learn cooking skills and make some new friends while they do it!

Music Therapy: Includes Music and Mingle (ages 5-8), Rock Band! (ages 12-18) and One to One.

Playtime Academy: Playtime Academy is a fun and engaging group to teach learners valuable skills to help them understand their social mind. Ages 4-7.

Social Crusader: Social Crusader introduces Superflex® and the Team of Unthinkables® to teach self-monitoring and social skills to learners. Ages 8-12.

Jr. Robotics: Jr. Robotics uses the WeDo Lego system to teach your child how to build and program their own creations! Ages 6-10.

Swimming Lessons: Firefly Therapy Services swimming program provides an opportunity for children to learn important basic swimming skills in a safe and supportive environment.

For all programs, to register or for more information call 519-886-8886 or 1-888-372-2259, email, or visit


To celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec. 3) on Dec. 1, and as part of this celebration, the Centre for Human Rights will be hosting the following workshop:

Anti-racist and Anticolonial Approaches to Mental Health Strategies
Date: Dec. 1
Time: 1 to 2:30pm
Location: 280A York Lanes, Toronto
Speaker: Dr. Rachel Gorman

Details can be found here.

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From The Blog

Bridges to Belonging Jazz Night Fundraiser

Bridges to Belonging have shared information about their annual Jazz Night Fundraiser!  The details can be found here.

KW Counselling Walk In Services

Please see the KW Counselling newsletter thanking you for your support.

FASD Community of Practice Update

Please see the FASD Community of Practice Update to find out about FASD supports, programs, and upcoming training.

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