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Family Resources

At McMaster Children’s Hospital, there are several resources available to patients and families.

COVID-19 vaccine for youth

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been approved by Health Canada for use in individuals ages 12+. The Province recently opened COVID-19 vaccination registration to youth ages 12+ to 17. McMaster Children’s Hospital welcomes this news as the next step in our collective fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Community Education Service

The Community Education Service (CES) of the Child and Youth Mental Health Program provides educational courses and skills training workshops to the community on a variety of topics, including parenting, child development and child & youth mental health concerns. Programs are available for children, youth and caregivers, and are currently held VIRTUALY via ZOOM. To register email: communityeducationse@hhsc.ca

MCH Community Education Service | May – August 2021

MCH Community Education Service | September – December 2021

YourSpace Hamilton virtual courses:

Additional virtual workshops are held in collaboration with our partner, Lynwood Charlton Centre. Please register at this link yourspacehamilton.ca. See course list at the link below.

CES Your Space Hamilton Sessions | May – August 2021

CES Your Space Hamilton Sessions | September – December 2021


If you’re interested in receiving email updates about upcoming courses, please send your email address to communityeducationse@hhsc.ca.

Here is a link to recorded webinars on various topics that you may find helpful:

Parenting Webinars
Anxiety in our Child and Youth
Helping Your Child or Youth with Stress
Parents: Take Care of Yourself

Hamilton Health Sciences has created a #CaringduringCOVID video series to support families and children. Here a few examples of ones you may find helpful.

Dealing with Big Emotions
Praise goes a long way
Radical acceptance may help families cope
Tips to avoid the cycle of anxiety
Supporting children with ADHD
Dealing with Sibling Conflict

We have also enclosed some useful handouts.

Self-care tips for Parents
Giving your Child Tools for a Healthy Life
Positive Parenting Tips
Positive Parenting Tips – Arabic
Why Won’t They Listen: Tips for talking to your children
Why won’t they listen – Arabic
Why won’t they listen – Urdu
Positive parenting – Urdu
Listen tips: Child, part 1 – Kurdish
Listen tips: Child, part 2 – Kurdish
Positive parenting – Korean
Listen tips: Child – Korean
Listen tips – Spanish
Positive parenting – Spanish
Listen tips: Child – Vietnamese
Positive parenting – Vietnamese


Family Resource Centre

A Family Resource Centre is available for families to access resources, books, and DVDs. 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. Please contact frc@hhsc.ca for more information.

Learn more about the Family Resource Centre.

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, Hilary Mack is located on site to meet with families and clinicians. Her primary roles include:

  • Consultations with clinicians and families: The consultation may result in (1) information or advice passed to the clinician, (2) a brief service and/or advice provided directly to the parent/patient, (3) referral of 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.
  • Training hospital clinicians: Available for rounds to help clinicians identify legal issues that impact patient health or a family’s capacity to manage their child’s care.
  • Involvement in systemic issues: More broad-based advocacy concerning laws and policies that frequently impact the children and families.

Please contact frc@hhsc.ca for more information.

Growing Together Guide

View our Growing Together guide for parent education, courses, workshops, and groups.