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Family events: speakers, workshops, paperwork parties, and parent support network

The Grocery Foundation Family Resource Centre is proud to present our family events this year. Please click on the topics below for details about our upcoming workshops and to reserve a spot. Please make sure to specify which workshop or event you are coming to if you are registering by email. 

As registration links become available, they can be found on our Eventbrite page:

For more information about our Family Workshops and Events, please contact the Family Support Specialists via email at or 416-425-6220 ext. 6348

About our Family Events

BLOOM speakers

People who think deeply about disability and parenting share their stories at BLOOM speaker nights. For more information, call Louise Kinross at 416-424-3866.

Family Education Workshops

Family education workshops provide information and support to parents of children with disabilities. Topics include parenting, education, recreation, respite and how to access funding. 

For more information, contact Family Support Specialists at or at 416-425-6220 ext. 6348 

Parent Support Network 

Parent Support Network (PSN) is a monthly support and discussion event available to families, currently taking place virtually over Zoom Healthcare. This event is offered at different times of day to allow for families with different schedules to attend. Parent Support Network aims to create a space where families can build relationships through sharing experiences, information, challenges and successes. Discussion is facilitated by a Family Support Specialist and a Family Leader. Parent Support Network is:

  • Created by families, for families
  • Unique peer-to-peer support network
  • At times includes guest speakers who are childhood disability experts
  • Open to all caregivers of children living with disability


Upcoming Parent Support Network Events include: 

Mindfulness in Uncertain Times; Navigating Waters of Change, an 8 Week Course with Family Leader Protibha Gupta - April 4th to May 23rd, 2024, 12:00-1:00pm

Behavioural Guidance - With Susan Musgraves - Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 10:00am-11:30am

All events are currently virtual. For more information about the events or about Parent Support Network please contact For more information, contact Family Support Specialists at or at 416-425-6220, ext. 6348 

All workshops and events are also posted on our events calendarTo be added to our newsletter email list which lets you know of our upcoming workshops and events, please send an email to:

Download the Family Events Calendar

Receive email alerts for Family Events

Please email a Family Support Specialist at to be added to the email distribution list to be alerted for Family Workshops, Parent Support Network, Paperwork Parties, Solution-Focused Coaching, and the Sibling Support Program.

Registration Information

  • Most family events are currently held virtually over Zoom Healthcare.
  • Family events listed in this brochure are free of charge.
  • Each family event requires an individual registration as flyers get released.
  • Anyone can attend these family events; however parents and caregivers who have children with disabilities have priority for registration.
  • Please see family event descriptions online for details.
  • When events are able to be held in-person at Holland Bloorview, supervised on-site childcare is available for a limited number of children who are 30 months old and over. Children under 30 months must be accompanied in the playroom by a caregiver over the age of 18 at all times.  Please see the section "Child care at the Ronald McDonald Playroom" below for details.


Family Events Calendar for April-June 2024 

Family Workshops

Family Workshops

Family workshops happening in April:

Sibling & Parents Workshop; Sibling Support Panel - Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 5:30-7:30pm

This is an in-person event and the Ronald McDonald Playroom can be booked in advance for clients and siblings under the age of 7.

For more information, contact Family Support Specialists at 416-425-6220, ext. 6348 or email

Paperwork Parties

Paperwork Parties are workshops that aim to support families in completing funding applications. The workshop includes a presentation followed by the option to join a breakout room hosted by Holland Bloorview staff and Family Leaders, who will offer support, tips and strategies on filling out common funding applications. Breakout rooms are based on different funding sources including: Special Services at Home (SSAH), Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD), Ontario Autism Program (OAP), Assistive Devices Program (ADP), Holland Bloorview's Family Support Fund and other funds and supports such as the TTC Assistance Card, Easter Seals Funding and Grants, Access2Entertainment Card and more.

Families are encouraged to watch our recorded Part 1 - Funding Overview 


For more information, contact Family Support Specialist Melissa Ngo at 416-425-6220, ext. 6348 or email

Solution-Focused Communication for Families Workshops

The Solution-Focused Communication for Families workshops are a series designed to help parents enhance their communication skills by highlighting their family strengths and resources. For more information, contact Elaine Cook at or go to Humanistic and solution-focused workshops

Outpatient Orientation - Information Session for NEW Families!

You are invited to a Holland Bloorview Information Session!

We are offering our new outpatient families a free information session so that you can learn about helpful resources and be prepared for your first appointment. At this information session, we will answer some frequently asked questions (FAQs), including:

  • What can I do while my child is on the waitlist?
  • What other services in the community can I access?
  • What other services at Holland Bloorview can I access?
  • How can I get ready for our first appointment at Holland Bloorview?
  • How can I meet other parents or family members who might be in the same position as me?
  • What are some tips from other parents or families who have been to appointments at Holland Bloorview?
  • What are some tips from clinicians?
  • What tools are available to help organize all of my child’s information?

This information session will feature an optional tour of Holland Bloorview at the end. Attendees will receive a resource booklet with the answers to the questions above.

Please note:

Families can access this orientation by invitation only as this is a pilot program. Eligibility to attend this orientation:

  • If you have a child who is accepted and on the waitlist for Holland Bloorview's main site Neuromotor Clinic or Communication, Learning and Behaviour Clinic AND
  •  You received an invitation letter from us in the mail, along with your acceptance letter

This is not your first clinical appointment, but an information session on how to prepare for it. It is one hour long, and the optional tour is an additional 15-30 minutes. Sessions are offered twice per month. If you have any questions or require additional or special supports, please contact a Family Support Specialist at 416-425-6220 x 6348 or

Sign up for a spot!

Attendees must register for a spot to confirm registration. To register, please email

Sibling Support Program

Holland Bloorview’s Sibling Support Program will give siblings, ages 7-18, the opportunity to relax, unwind, meet peers who might share lived experiences. It will provide a safe space to talk about what it’s like to be a sibling of someone with a disability. The program is open to any child who has a sibling with a disability, complex medical needs and/or dual diagnosis. 

For more information about the Sibling Support Program, contact: Victoria Rombos at 

Child care at the Ronald McDonald Playroom

Child Care Information

When events are able to be held in-person at Holland Bloorview, supervised on-site childcare is available for a limited number of children who are 30 months old and over.  Children under 30 months must be accompanied in the playroom by a caregiver over the age of 18 at all times.

Playroom registration opens 2 weeks and 2 days before the date of each event, and closes 48 hours before each event.

Playroom spaces are confirmed only after an intake call is completed over the phone. (Intake is required for every event and unregistered children cannot be accommodated).

Please call 416-425-6220 ext. 3438 to discuss your child’s needs and register for a Playroom spot.

OnTrack Family Navigation Hub

The Family Navigation Hub is a new program that aims to support families with information and resources related to the social needs that contribute to our health and wellbeing such as access to healthy food, accessible child care, income security, stable housing, transportation and community connections.

The Family Navigation Hub hosts monthly virtual CommunityCONNECT series for parent/caregivers of children with disabilities on topics related to social needs such as those listed above. These events feature speakers from community organizations and programs which aim to connect families with relevant resources to support social health and wellbeing.

Upcoming CommunityCONNECT Sessions: 

Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation Services with The City of Toronto - Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 10:30am-12:00pm

Sign up here!

Every Child Belongs & Child Care Subsidy with The City of Toronto - Thursday, June 13, 2024, 10:30am-12:00pm

All events are currently virtual. For more information about our events, or if you are looking for resources related to social needs such as those listed above, please feel free to contact Family Support Specialists at or at 416-425-6220 ext. 6348.


Holland Bloorview is committed to excellent care for all. If you have any concerns, we encourage you to contact a Client & Family Relations team member.

Mailing address

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 
c/o Client & Family Relations
150 Kilgour Road 
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
M4G 1R8