In keeping with our commitment to privacy and confidentiality for our clients, we do not publicly discuss any information about clients or former clients and their families. To protect privacy, we will not confirm that any individual is, or was, a Kinark client.

To protect the privacy and confidentiality of children and families receiving services from our agency, and to maintain an appropriate environment for our clients, photography and filming activities at any of our sites is prohibited. More privacy information is available on our Privacy page.

Media Inquiries

For media inquiries please contact:

Ashley Slater
Communication Specialist
Cell: 416-918-4419

Kinark Delivers Virtual Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Kinark offices and locations are closed to the public. Kinark has launched virtual clinical services for clients in community-based Child and Youth Mental Health, Autism and Intensive Support and Supervision Programs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are regularly assessing and re-assessing our clients’ needs and adjusting our approach to service and support as needed. Our menu of available services continues to expand. We are also working with the Ministry of the Attorney General to explore options for virtual Supervised Access visits.


March 5, 2019 – Kinark Response to Government of Ontario Autism Program Changes

In response to questions from our clients about recent changes made to the Ontario Autism Program by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, and after further clarifying how the proposed changes may be implemented, Kinark has prepared the following statement which outlines our response, recommendations and how we are working to support Ontario families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 


June 26, 2017 – Kinark to serve as a Single Point of Access for Ontario Autism Program

Starting June 26, 2017, Kinark Child and Family Services’ Central Intake team will serve as the single point of access (SPOA) for the Ontario Autism Program for children and youth up to 18 years of age in York and Durham Regions, Simcoe County, and the four Counties of Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough and Northumberland.

Families looking for autism services and supports in these geographic areas should call Kinark’s Central Intake line at 1-888-454-6275 to register with the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP). Requests for information and/or questions about autism services in the Regions of York and Durham, Simcoe County, and the four Counties of Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough and Northumberland should be sent to

The move to a SPOA in each of the province’s nine service areas is a critical component of the Government of Ontario’s new Ontario Autism Program, which aims to create a seamless integrated system of services. The Ministry of Children and Youth Services introduced the OAP earlier this month.

The new streamlined intake process is intended to improve efficiency and make it easier for families to access the autism services they need while improving their overall experience with the autism services system.

Having a single point of access for the OAP will also mean that health professionals who diagnose children/youth with autism can refer families to one place that will direct them to the appropriate services and supports they need.

Kinark is taking on the SPOA role following a collaborative process with the Lead Agencies for Applied Behavioural Analytic (ABA) community-based services and supports, and their partners. The new centralized intake process will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as information about the new OAP becomes available; modifications may be made by the partnership to support the evolving provincial program.

Beginning June 26, Kinark’s Central Intake team will respond to all inquiries about the OAP, provide information about the program’s registration process and next steps, and complete referrals to the OAP for children/youth with autism in the Regions of York and Durham, Simcoe County and the Four Counties of Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough and Northumberland.

Before establishing a single point of access for the Ontario Autism Program in each of Ontario’s nine service regions, families who were new to service had to contact different providers and complete separate Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) and ABA intake processes to access these services.

Families have asked for a single gateway to service to expedite service delivery and to avoid the need for them to provide their child/youth’s history to several different service providers.

Kinark Child and Family Services is the Lead Agency for IBI autism services in York and Durham Region, Simcoe County and the four Counties, Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough and Northumberland. The agency works closely and will continue to collaborate with Lead Agencies for ABA autism services including Kerry’s Place, Grandview Children’s Centre, and Tri-County Community Services to plan and deliver a full complement of autism services and supports under the Ontario Autism Program.

To find out more about Ontario’s new Autism Program, click here. To learn more about Kinark’s Autism Services, click here.

June 1, 2017 – Kinark Named a 2017 Digital Transformation Awards Finalist

Kinark has been named one of 26 finalists in IT World’s inaugural Digital Transformation Awards.

Launched in January 2017 to inspire Canadian organizations to embrace the latest technology, the Awards program recognizes digital transformation excellence across the country in both the private and public sectors.

TELUS nominated Kinark for one of four awards that will be handed out at the Digital Transformation Conference to be held in Toronto on June 14th.

Before its digital transformation began in 2016 the agency was using multiple legacy systems and working with different carriers and suppliers to manage various aspects of its business.

Working closely with TELUS, Apple, Cisco, Microsoft and other partners the organization is now into the second year of a five-year IT Roadmap to upgrade its infrastructure and systems, which includes the adoption of integrated cloud-based solutions for voice/data, telecom, human resources, financial, clinical information systems, mobile devices and security.

These investments will help Kinark improve service delivery, and enhance productivity and communications across all of our program streams and sites. “Ultimately, our goal is to improve the experience clients and families have with our organization,” says Kinark Chief Information Officer, Karim Ramji.

Karim, who will be a guest panelist for a discussion on Digital Healthcare at the conference, says being nominated and named a finalist is a real feather in Kinark’s cap.

“We’re in great company,” he says. “It’s a real honour to be named a finalist alongside companies such as Barrick Gold, CIBC and Canadian Tire.”

Upgrading Technology to Better Serve Clients

Kinark is in the process of upgrading the technology across the agency in partnership with TELUS in order to provide better services to our staff and clients. During this process, TELUS has learned more about the work we do and how their technological solutions are helping  us to improve the services and supports we provide to children, youth and their families. To showcase Kinark’s partnership with TELUS, the following video was produced by TELUS, with the assistance of Kinark staff across several of our offices. We are pleased to now share it with you.

Media Releases

Wednesday, June 25, 2020
Kinark Child and Family Services Closes Childcare Programs in Georgina, Ontario

GEORGINA, ON, June 25, 2020 – After more than 25 years of providing childcare in Georgina, Kinark has made the very difficult decision to close all our childcare programs.
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Tuesday May 3, 2016
Children’s Mental Health Ontario releases 2016 Annual Report Card

TORONTO, May 3, 2016 – Children’s Mental Health Ontario has released their 2nd Annual Report Card on the current state of Ontario’s child and youth mental health system that  features new data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

Most notable is new data that shows now one in four children are having mental health issues by the time they are 18 years of age. This is up from the previous, one in five statistic. Also notable is a 54 per cent increase in emergency department visits and a 60 per cent increase hospitalizations for children and youth seeking mental health treatment.

Monday April 20, 2015
Children’s Mental Health Week: Triple P parenting expert & parent available for interview

TORONTO, ON, April 20, 2015
Parents who use positive parenting strategies in their day-to-day interactions with their families often find that their children are not the only ones to benefit.
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Monday May 6, 2013
Kinark Child and Family Services Launches ‘Rise Against Stigma’ Campaign

MARKHAM, ON, May 6, 2013 /CNW/
On Friday, Kinark Child and Family Services launched its ‘Rise Against Stigma’, online campaign to recognize Children’s Mental Health Week, which occurs from Monday, May 6 to Sunday, May 12, 2013.
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Monday May 6, 2013
Parents Invited to Free Presentation on Tuesday, May 7: “Understanding Mood Problems in Children and Adolescents: From Mood Swings to Depression and Bipolar Disorder”

Peterborough Healthy Families invites parents and caregivers to a free presentation entitled, “Understanding Mood Problems in Children and Adolescents: From Mood Swings to Depression and Bipolar Disorder” on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Peterborough Public Library.
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Thursday May 2, 2013
Jelisa Clarke and Ron Bartley receive 22nd Annual Krista Sepp Memorial Awards

MARKHAM, ON, May 2, 2013 /CNW/
On May, 2, 2013, Ron Bartley, Senior Child and Youth Worker, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, and Jelisa Clarke, Child and Youth Counsellor, Vanier Children’s Services, received the 2013 Krista Sepp Memorial Awards in recognition of their service to children and families.
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Tuesday May 8, 2012
Kinark takes aim at bullying with Children’s Mental Health Week video and photo contest

MARKHAM, ON, May 8, 2012 /CNW/
Kinark Child and Family Services is stopping the stigma and starting a conversation about Children’s Mental Health with Facebook photo and video contests during Children’s Mental Health Week (CMHW) May 6 to 12. Read More

Kinark In the News

July 28, 2017 – Autism Ontario Summer Camp Focuses on Fun

Toronto Star
At Camp AOK, kids with autism can take a break from everyday challenges, let loose and just be kids. Read one youth’s story about how the camp, including visits to the Kinark Outdoor Centre, help him do exactly this.
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To learn more about the Kinark Outdoor Centre, go here:

To learn more about Autism Ontario, go here:

December 21, 2015 MHCC Conference Conference: Improving mental health outcomes for emerging adults

Mental Health Commission of Canada
In November, the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Consensus Conference on the Mental Health of Emerging Adults brought together emerging adults, families, service providers, and policy makers from across the country to develop recommendations for improving the mental health of emerging adults living in Canada. The panel, delegates, and 16-person jury, including Kinark’s President and CEO, Cathy Paul, presented draft guiding principles and an initial set of recommendations for improving mental health outcomes for emerging adults.
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November 15, 2013 Change stigma over mental health: Researcher

Peterborough Examiner
Dr. Heather Stuart, Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair, gave a public lecture about the impact of media stereotypes of mental illness on the attitudes and beliefs of the general public and children. Dr. Stuart’s lecture is the first of a series four on children’s mental health, presented by the Healthy Families Centre Community Partners, including Kinark Child and Family Services.
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May 7, 2013 Students Learn About Bullying and Mental Health

CHEX Television Peterborough
Jacob Wilson and Jessica Vallentyne, Kinark Child and Family Services youth ambassadors, took the Rise Against Stigma Campaign on the road to Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School students in Peterborough, Ontario. They shared their experiences overcoming mental illness and bullying.

May 8, 2013 Teens Share their Stories of Overcoming Depression, Bullying and Mental Health Challenges

Peterborough Examiner
Jacob Wilson, 18, of Barrie, and Jessica Vallentyne, 23, of Keswick, former client of Kinark Child and Family Services, spoke to Grade 10 students at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School about their experiences overcoming mental illness and bullying.
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May 9, 2013 Children’s Mental Health

CBC Radio Metro Morning
As a part of Kinark Child and Family Services’ Rise Against Stigma campaign, Jessica Vallentyne, one of Kinark’s youth ambassadors, spoke to CBC Radio Metro Morning’s Matt Galloway in Toronto about how she overcame her struggle with childhood depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies.

May 10, 2013 Children’s Mental Health

CBC Radio Metro Morning
As a part of Kinark Child and Family Services Rise Against Stigma campaign, Jacob Wilson, one of Kinark’s youth ambassadors, spoke to Matt Galloway of CBC Radio Metro Morning in Toronto about how he overcame his struggle of being bullied to the point of attempting suicide.

May 13, 2013 Dealing with Mental Health

CBC Radio Metro Morning
Kinark Child and Family Services social worker, Vickie Dickinson, spoke to Matt Galloway of CBC Radio’s Metro Morning about how we are helping kids/youth find tools they need to cope with mental health struggles.