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Welcome to
Waterloo Region
Family Network (WRFN)


Through a strong network of families and an innovative community partnership model, we are the go-to resource and trusted voice for families with special needs in Waterloo region offering personal guidance and lifelong support.


We continually strive for an accepting and understanding community where all exceptional families feel connected and experience an authentic sense of belonging. 


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Evening of Elegance Save the Date. Join us for our Annual Signature Fundraising event. Friday, April 19. St. George Banquet Hall (665 King St North, Waterloo) Tickets on sale now!




Buy Your Tickets Now!


Join us on Friday, April 19 at Waterloo Region Family Network’s ninth annual signature fundraising event, Evening of Elegance. Enjoy an elegant evening of mixing and mingling while tasting delicious wine paired with thoughtful appetizer selections.


Our evening will also include a spectacular silent auction with items from local businesses and artisans and a raffle for guests to participate in. Doors open at 6:45pm.


All proceeds go directly to providing resources and facilitating meaningful connections, in all life stages, for families of children with exceptional needs, both with and without a diagnosis.


Early bird pricing of $125 per ticket is in effect until March 6, 2024, Ticket prices will increase to $150 per ticket after this date and be available until April 5, 2024. Don't miss out!


Buy Your Tickets Here Now!




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How Can We Support You?


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Family Resource Coaches

Our Family Resource Coaches can help with
navigating services and supports and connecting to programs and activities by drawing on a broad number of resources for each family's unique situation.


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Parent Mentor

WRFN's Parent Mentor Program provides a means for parents to connect, guide and support each other to feel understood and less isolated.



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Our programs provide participants with a warm, caring setting where they can feel welcome and safe, knowing they're surrounded by others who understand.



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Education Support

Our strong, trusted relationships with families and local school boards has positioned us as an important liason for school issues. This approach includes personalized guidance and navigation of the school system.



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Events, Seminars
& Workshops

Our events, seminars and workshops provide information and opportunities to meet other families so you are equipped with knowledge and connected to others travelling similar journeys.


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