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Kinark and Ontario Shores will expand Outpatient Eating Disorder services in the community

April 20, 2023 – Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) and Kinark Child and Family Services (Kinark) are pleased to announce that they will work collaboratively to expand community-based Outpatient Adolescent Eating Disorder Services to meet the needs of East Region patients and families, bridge the step-down care gap from hospital to community, and avoid hospitalization of lower-acuity clients.


2023 Kinark Classic – Tee up for children’s mental health

Get on course for a good cause this spring! Funds raised will provide children and their families with additional respite services, give hope and help to those in need of support. View the full flyer by clicking the button below.


Managing COVID-19 at Kinark Sites

The safety and wellbeing of Kinark Child and Family Services’ clients and their families, staff, and volunteers, continues to be our top priority. Read more on how Kinark is managing COVID-19 at our sites.

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April 27, 2021 – Don’t give up on these kids

The Ontario government is closing a specialized mental health treatment program for primarily Black, Indigenous and racialized kids just at the same time mental health issues are sharply rising in the province. The immediate impact of closing this program is an increased risk of suicides and hospitalization – at a time when pressure on hospitals must be reduced. Read the full statement below.

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Leadership for Child and Youth Mental Health
As part of the Ontario government’s Moving on Mental Health Strategy, we are proud that Kinark was chosen as the Lead Agency for child and youth mental health in the service areas of York, Durham and Haliburton/Kawartha Lakes/Peterborough. We are committed to supporting child and youth mental health and collaborating with our community partners to strengthen the sector in order to improve outcomes for children and families.

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Kinark Launches New Autism Services Website

Kinark has worked with children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families for many years across southern and central Ontario. We are proud of our 20 year history of providing high quality, evidenced-based services to thousands of children and their families and offering respite camps for both children with ASD and family groups.

Kinark is now providing a new range of fee-for-service services for children, youth and families that are designed to meet your child’s unique needs and help them be successful. As part of our commitment to working with our clients and their families to help you make decisions about purchasing services that will meet your needs, we are offering free consultations for families.

Visit our Autism Services website for more information.


Putting Children and Youth First: Integrating Autism and Mental Health Services in Ontario

Research indicates that children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have significantly higher rates of mental health issues than kids in the general population. The prevalence of mental health disorders in young people with autism is more than four times higher than in their non-ASD peers.

Learn more in our new Policy Paper.