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Caregiver Alliance for Resourceful Empowerment (CARE)

Our newly developed CARE program is a family-centered initiative designed to provide holistic support and intervention, through targeted and consistent mentorship and peer-support, for under-served children and caregivers who have been affected by familial incarceration.

The program focuses on providing family members with a safe space to build and nurture their relationships with each other, peers with similar experiences, and their community-at-large. Following a needs assessment and program evaluation of our Family Visitation and Peer Mentorship programs, CARE was built from the ground up to meet the unique needs of caregivers of children with a parent involved in the justice system and their children; CARE is currently the only program in Toronto providing this level of comprehensive familial support.

The weekly program runs every Tuesday from 6:00-9:00pm at
Driftwood Community Recreation Centre (4401 Jane St.) and includes:

  • A caregiver peer-support group
  • Mentorship and social and academic support for children
  • Workshops for caregivers focused on mental health and well-being, self-care and healthy coping strategies, navigating the system, accessing community resources, and parenting and life skills
  • A “Care Closet”, with access to donated items such as toys, clothing, diapers, formula, etc.
  • A bonding activity for caregiver and child(ren)
  • A healthy family dinner

The program is 100% free, child-minding is provided on-site, and tokens are available for those in need.
If you are caring for a child with a parent who is currently involved in the justice system in any way,
please contact Jessica Reid at 647-627-1171 or for more information and to register!