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.

Upcoming Events

You all have heard the good news of the new bus service to the Family Centre and Family and Children Services (200 Ardelt location) starting from September 6th. This new route (#78) will run Monday to Friday with the first trips departing at 8:15 am from Forest Glen Plaza. The last trip is scheduled to depart at 8:25 pm and would return to Forest Glen Plaza by Service will be available on a 30 minute frequency throughout the day. Route 78 will operate using a smaller GRT busPLUS vehicle. These 19 seat vehicles are fully accessible with a lift and wheelchair spaces.  Click HERE For more information.

This is no small moment for us, our partners and families so we thought we should all join together to celebrate this big moment.

Please join us at the Forest Glen Plaza terminal at 8:00 am on September 6th.  We will all then ride the first bus leaving the terminal at 8:15 am to the Family Centre where we will celebrate this historical event with coffee / tea and some refreshments.  RSVP much appreciated.

The celebration at the Family Centre will continue till 11 am. If you miss the first bus just take the next or the one after it and join us at the Family Centre.

If you are on social media please share your pictures / messages with hashtags #GRTFC and #BUS2FC.

Let the celebration begin!

Twister’s “One Fierce Family” is excited for Team Breeze’s second season to get underway. Team Breeze is a team for athletes, who have a social/emotional, cognitive or physical special need to learn foundational cheer skills, develop new friendships, enjoy teamwork, be active and have fun.

Team Breeze is open to participants ages 6+. There is no maximum age to participate and no experience required. Practices are held on Saturdays from 1pm – 2pm from September 17th until the end of April. Athletes will participate in one out of region competition and local showcases.

To come experience what cheerleading is all about and to attend free open house classes please email: and provide the participants name, age and if they plan on attending the September 17th,  September 24th or both open house classes.

Participants should arrive at Twisters wearing comfortable clothing, running shoes and with a water bottle. Please remove all jewelry and have long hair tied back.

Have questions? Call 519-741-4314 or email

See the Open House Flyer for Team Breeze

Our Place will also be offering their Preparing for Parenthood program in Breslau this fall.  This is a FREE program that offers information about having a healthy pregnancy and becoming a parent.

Topics Include:
Community Resources
Safety in the Home
Healthy Eating
Mental Health and Well-Being
Comfort Measures and Birth Plans
Bonding and Attachment

The program runs on Wednesdays from October 19th until November 23rd from 7-8:30 pm

See the Preparing For Parenthood flyer for all of the details.


Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé will release a report on his latest investigation on Wednesday, August 24 – at a news conference at 11 a.m. in the Queen’s Park Media Studio.
The Ombudsman will deliver findings and recommendations on his Office’s investigation into the Ministry of Community and Social Services’ response to situations of crisis involving adult with developmental disabilities. More information on this investigation can be found here.
Copies of the Ombudsman’s report will be available to journalists in advance – under embargo until the news conference – from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in Committee Room 228. Journalists who are not members of the Queen’s Park Press Gallery are asked to report to Room 387A of the Legislative Building for passes, or call 416-325-7922.
The news conference will be streamed live and can be watched online at the Ombudsman’s website, where the full report and media materials will also be posted at 11 a.m.  As well, live updates will be posted at the Ombudsman’s Twitter account. Video of the news conference will be available immediately on the Ombudsman’s website, and later on YouTube.
For further information, please contact:
Linda Williamson, Director of Communications, 416-586-3426,
Ashley Bursey, Manager, Communications, 416-586-3521,—Ombudsman-to-release-report-on-si.aspx

Nominations are now being accepted for the K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Awards.

The Region of Waterloo is fortunate enough to have countless women who share their time, talents, intelligence, compassion and motivation with the community.  For many, their contributions have gone unacknowledged and unrecorded.  The Women of the Year Awards identifies and pays tribute to some of these exceptional women in ten different categories.

Through your work in the Waterloo Region, we are confident you know an outstanding woman who would be a great candidate for the a number of the Women of the Year Award Categories. We ask that you consider nominating this woman, as well as share the information with your colleagues so they may also honour an outstanding woman with their own nomination.

If you have any questions about the awards or nomination requirements, please contact Katie Owens at 519-570-4267 x238. More information and nomination forms can be found online at

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From The Blog

Creative Supports Bulletin – August 2016

In the August 2016 Creative Supports Bulletin you will find information on the Ontario Ombudsman investigation regarding the response to adults with developmental disabilities who are in crisis situations.  You can also find information regarding the petition to Canada to sign the UN Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The full Ontario Adult Autism Research and Support Network bulletin can be read on the website at

Extend-A-Family WR is Hiring Direct Support People

Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region is hiring Direct Support People for an immediate need!  Do you feel passionate about inclusive community?  Want to support others’ unique goals? or know someone who does?  Check them out for flexible part time opportunities!

Our Place Family Resource Centre September 2016 Calendar

Our Place Family Resource Centre has shared their September 2016 Calendar.  Please note that registration for September programs begins Tuesday, September 6th at 3pm in person.

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