Programs for Dads, in Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Markham, Vaughan, Aurora, Newmarket and Georgina
Focus on Fathersis a parenting group just for dads. The objectives are to help
strengthen a father's personal and parenting skills, and enable fathers to become
more involved and effective in their children's lives.
Topics include: • The Importance of Fathers in Child Development
• Best practices for managing stress and anger
• Conflict resolution, and co-operative parenting
• Age appropriate needs for children's nutrition and safety
• Care of the sick child
• The value of play, literacy and parenting styles
Programs are 8 sessions in length. They are offered in English, Chinese, Farsi,
Korean, Spanish, Russian, Tamil and Urdu as staffing permits.
Reconnecting Fathersis an eight week group program just for fathers who are unable to live with their children,
especially during times of transition including marital separation, and court or CAS involvement with the family.
The objective of the program is to assist fathers during these transitional times to be more engaged with their
children, more supportive of the mother, and in better control of themselves. This program assists fathers in
developing the attitudes, knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a healthy fathering presence in
their child’s life.
All residents of York Region are eligible for both of these services.
Participation is FREE, but registration in advance is required.
Call Intake at (905) 770-7040, (toll free 1-800-263-2075), ext. 241.
About our team:
Our team is made up of fathers from many cultures who host the programs, and educators, family physicians and family therapists who present on the various topics.This service is funded by the Region of York, Catholic Charities, and the United Way of York Region. We work with many community partners to deliver this service including: the Ontario Early Years Centres, York Region Public Libraries, York Catholic District School Board, York Region District School Board, Family Services of York Region and The York Region Children’s Aid Society.