Durham Region, ON
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Kinark Child and Family Services
In Durham, Kinark Child and Family Services can help children under 12 experiencing social, emotional, and or behavioural difficulties.

Services are provided to children who are living at home, youth living on their own in the community or children in residential care.

No referral is required.

Central Intake is the front door to services and is, like all of our services, completely confidential.

By calling the Central Intake line, families will link with a clinician who will guide them through the process.

Central Intake lines are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kinark office hours are the same.

Central Intake receives a high volume of calls, so please, if you are directed to voicemail, leave a message and a clinician will phone you back promptly.

Kinark provides programs and services for children, youth and families in Durham, Northumberland, Peterborough, Simcoe and York regions. Kinark operates the Syl Apps Youth Treatment Centre in Oakville and the Kinark Outdoor Centre in Minden, Ont. In addition, Kinark is the provider of Central East Autism Program for Ontario.
20 Sunray Street
Whitby, ON, L1N 8Y3 Map
Additional Location
218 Earl Stewart Drive, Unit 7
Aurora, ON, L4G 6V7 Map
1-800-230-8530 (Toll Free)
Ages served: Up to 12 years
Languages served: English
Fees: None
Areas Served: Durham Region, Northumberland County, Peterborough County, Simcoe County, York (Regional Municipality)

Programs/Services Include...

Child Care Centres - Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
Program/Service of : Kinark Child and Family Services
Kinark Child and Family Services provide high quality child care services to every child and family within the community.
Child care services are provided in a warm and nurturing atmosphere that recognizes the individual needs of each child, and that respects different cultural and ethnic values.
Quality child care services are best provided through developing a partnership between parents/guardians and professional staff. Through this partnership, parents and guardians can be actively involved and be influential in all aspects of the program.
Kinark delivers child-centered programming that supports all aspects of the child’s development, that encourages the child to explore, and that enhances the child’s self-image.
Physical address not provided
1-888-454-6275 (Toll Free)
Ages served: 6 - 12 years
Languages served: English
Fees: Yes (Sliding scale)
Intensive Support and Supervision Program (ISSP)
Program/Service of : Kinark Child and Family Services
The Intensive Support and Supervision Program (ISSP) was developed to better meet the needs of youth in conflict with the law who have been identified with serious mental health issues. These youth are assessed as being extremely vulnerable in a secure custody setting. ISSP provides the courts with an alternative to custody that is different from other community support programs in terms of the level, type and intensity of the service.

This program functions as an intensive in-home, strength-based counseling which works with other agencies and the schools. ISSP therapists work intensively with parents, or in the case where the youth is independent of family, the therapist and will coordinate with all known support systems.

Our goal is to assist youth and their families, through capacity building, long after the ISSP Court order has expired.
Ages served: Up to 12 years
Languages served: English
Fees: None
Secure Treatment Program
Program/Service of : Kinark Child and Family Services
Syl Apps has two ten bed, co-ed units for a maximum of 20 Secure Treatment beds. The Secure Treatment Program is a provincial resource and is mandated by the Child and Family Services Act. Youth are admitted through the Family Courts from all regions of the province. Youth who are in the Secure Treatment Program at SAYC may or may not be Young Offenders. All Secure Treatment residents do, however, have a diagnosed mental disorder and as a result have caused or attempted to cause serious bodily harm to themselves or someone else. The Secure Treatment Program is designated as a hospital to maintain clients under the Ontario Review Board - clients who have committed an offence but are not criminally responsible for their actions and/or are unfit to stand trial.
Ages served: Up to 12 years
Languages served: English
Fees: None
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Information and Referral Services
Crisis Lines including Telephone, Online and Chat
Addictions (including Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling)
Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD/ADHD)
Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Behaviour and Conduct Problems
Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
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Last modified May 18, 2018 2:01pm
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