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Family Services


The John McGivney Children's Centre's (JMCC) Family Services Department includes social workers and  service coordinators.


Social Work:

At JMCC, our social work staff offer a variety of services to our clients and families, including:

Supportive counselling services for parents and guardians in the following areas:
  • Creating a healthy balance
  • Fostering healthy relationships
  • Support and advocacy
  • Building assertiveness skills for working with professionals
  • Parent Support Group (6-week program typically offered each Fall)
Counselling for children, youth and young adults in the following areas:
  • Promoting a positive self-image
  • Building social skills 
  • Developing healthy coping strategies
  • Strategies to deal with bullying 
  • Overcoming obstacles to developing friendships and personal relationships 
  • Children's groups may be offered depending on interest and available resources
Kids are Kids Disability Awareness Program: This is a school based program designed for children in grades one through eights to promote disability awareness and social inclusion. For more information visit our Kids are Kids Disability Awareness Program web page.

Service Coordination

Service coordination in the family services department at JMCC offers support to families in the following areas:
  • Coordinating health and support services so that families feel supported, that their needs are being addressed and that everyone is working as a team.
  • Planning with families for upcoming health events such as surgery and important transition times such as starting child care, school and transitioning to high school and adult services.
  • Connecting families to activities, supports and programs to increase community participation
  • Connecting families to helpful programs and services such as financial benefits, transportation, housing and more 


Children and youth receiving therapy services from JMCC and their families are eligible for Family Services. To make a referral, speak to your child's therapist, or call the Centre at 519-252-7281 and ask to speak to someone in our Family Services department. 


COVID-19 Resources
A Message from our JMCC Social Workers (Includes coping tips and strategies, community resources and more)

Service Canada Webinars: Service Canada is offering free monthly webinars to provide information about federal government programs and services that could benefit you.

How to Care for a Child who needs to Self-Isolate: This fact sheet provides advice to parents and caregivers of children who need to self-isolate at home.

Mental health resources for children and caregivers 

COVID-19 Community Helplines: Emergency food and mental health support

Special services at home: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Ontario is temporarily expanding the list of eligible expenses under the Special Services at Home program.

Ideas and inspiration for temporary changes to SSAH Passport funding: Items that have been purchased under the Temporary Changes for Special Services at Home & Passport funding by people and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Special services at home: Family Alliance Q & A with the Minister's office

COVID-19 Financial Support for those receiving Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program

Newcomer Mental Wellness Support Services

12 Instant Stress Busters from Kids Help Phone

Ensemble: Videos for families and caregivers on topics including staying safe in the hospital, financial assistance and planning, education/academic assessments and dissability planning

Windsor-Essex Family Network 

First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope during the Coronavirus Pandemic by Scholastic Canada

Social Networking Platforms for Children and Youth with Special Needs
Ability Online 


Family Services Resources:
Transition Planning Windsor Essex

Financial Support

Family Respite Services Windsor Essex

Triple P Posibitive Parenting Program

Distress Centre of Windsor Essex

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

Kids are Kids Disability Awareness Program Brochure

Parenting Resources 
Triple P Parenting: 10 Top Tips for parents and caregivers during uncertain times (English)

Triple P Parenting: Les 10 meilleures suggestions pour les parents en période d'incertitude (Français)