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

Kids in Balance is a self-regulation group with OT Tara Embrey. Children will discover which tools help them feel calm and better cope with life’s ups and downs. Each child will leave with a personalized ‘tool box’ of strategies and a mindfulness CD.

Kids In Balance

Bring out the whole family for a fun morning of ice skating at Albert McCormick Community Centre in Waterloo!

Saturday, 18 February 2017 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

At the Albert McCormick Community Centre in Waterloo

This event is open to children with ASD, their siblings and caregivers only.

Spaces are limited.  Pre-registration is required.

The Waterloo Region Mental Health Work Group is hosting a half-day workshop to:

1) Examine how the Five Ways to Wellbeing can be implemented in local organizations;

2) Discuss potential challenges to implementation; and

3) Identify resources required for successful implementation

Date: Tue, 21 March 2017, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Location: Kingsdale Community Centre, 80 Wilson Avenue, Kitchener

Be sure to register by Thursday March 16, 2017, as space is limited!


Safety for Independent Living is a personal safety course for adults with a developmental disability. Participants will learn skills that empower them to make safe choices, caring and respectful decisions, and work towards the goal of greater independence at home and in the community.

Dates: March 15, 22, 29, April 5

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Location: KW Habilitation – 99 Ottawa St. S, Kitchener

Cost: $55 (Passport funding can be used)

Register by March 1st by contacting Beck at ext. 2226 OR

Will at ext.1213

If you are interested in the “Safety for Independent Living” program, but this time/date/location does not work for you, please contact Becky at or 519-741-1121 ext. 2226 for information about future sessions.

The Waterloo Region District School Board is inviting students, parents, staff and community members to the Education Centre for the opportunity to take a look at the big picture for public education in our region and to talk directly with education leaders in our district.

You’ll have the opportunity to talk directly with education leaders about mathematics, graduation rates, student well-being and much more.

You must register for this event by February 20th. Space is limited.

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and networking and light refreshments will be available until 8 p.m.)
Location: Education Centre, 51 Ardelt Avenue, Kitchener, ON N2C 2R5

More information and registration can be found here.

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From The Blog

January FASD CoP Update

The January FASD CoP Update is available. Find information about the upcoming workshop on Grief and Loss – Helping Families Navigate the Emotions of an FASD Diagnosis, Finding Purpose – a one day 4-part motivational workshop and resources for teaching teens about sexual health.

The Family Centre Connection – February 2017

Check out The Family Centre Connection to find out what’s happening at The Family Centre this month.

Update from PCMH

Parents for Children’s Mental Health has shared the following update:

Front Door Services Now Accessible in Rural Communities Front Door is making children’s mental health services more accessible to people living in rural communities. Jointly operated by Carizon and Lutherwood, Front Door enables children, youth and their families to get immediate brief counselling and, when necessary, access more intensive services. As a result of a 2016 study commissioned by the Lead Agency Advisory Council to understand how to make children?s mental health services more accessible in rural communities, two mental health professionals have been hired to support a township-based service and they will be available one day a week in North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich townships. Township residents can schedule an appointment for a free, single counselling session by calling Front Door at 519-749-2932. More information is available on the Front Door website.

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