At McMaster Children’s Hospital, there are several resources available to patients and families.
McMaster Children’s Hospital provides educational courses and skills training workshops to the community on a variety of topics, including parenting, child development and child and youth mental health concerns. Programs are available for children, youth and caregivers, and are held regularly at locations across the Greater Hamilton Area. All programs are free, but do require registration.
Family Resource Centre
Our Family Resource Centre is available for families to access books, DVDs, and print and online resources. It is located in the main lobby of the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre. The Family Resource Centre has a lending library and is open to the public.
Pro Bono Ontario
Pro Bono Ontario (PBO) is a free legal service located at the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre for patients and families of McMaster Children’s Hospital referred by clinical staff. It combines the efforts of clinicians and lawyers in the pursuit of better child health outcomes.
The project helps low and moderate income patients and families deal with legal challenges that impact the patient’s health and/or the family’s capacity to care for their sick child, addressing the social determinants of health. For example, parents losing employment because they are caring for a sick child; health related housing issues; special education; benefits related to child’s health; immigration, etc. (does not deal with complaints about MCH or staff of MCH).
A triage lawyer is located on-site to meet with familiars and clinicians to provide information and advice, or, if needed, refer the case to a pro bono lawyer. . Two law firms – Ross McBride and Gowlings (as well as other private lawyers) – provide pro bono representation to clients referred by the triage lawyer.