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Family Resources

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

Please contact frc@hhsc.ca for more information.

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 held regularly at locations across the Greater Hamilton Area (GHA).

Programs and workshops offered include:

  • COPEing with 3-12 Years Olds with ADHD
  • Helping Your Young Child Deal with Worries (Kids Have Stress, Too!)
  • kNOw Fear
  • Managing Meltdowns
  • Parenting Your Anxious Child
  • Positive Parenting
  • Stress Less for Teens

To learn more about the programs and workshops offered through CES, visit the Community Education Service website.

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.

Learn more about the Family Resource Centre.

Growing Together Guide: September-December 2019

Interested in parenting or child and youth courses in the Hamilton area? Check out the Growing Together Guide for descriptions of courses and workshops available in the community for parents, youth, and children. Click the arrow icon to “download” the guide or the square icon to view “fullscreen.”

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.