Rural Response for Healthy Children
PO Box 687
PARENTS & CAREGIVERS
Our Parent Support and Education team offer practical tools and education to families. The team also supports families who are seeking additional help from other community organizations. This work is known as system navigation.
If you are a parent/caregiver, with children living at home, we can help you find the support you need in Huron County. Call 226-699-0707 or email Susan or Jill for help.
Parenting/Caregiver Education Groups
Parenting/Caregiver Groups offer information for learning together about healthy child development, positive parenting and interactive activities for parent/caregivers and children.
There is no cost to families to participate. Check out the Event Calendar for a complete list of upcoming groups or call 226-699-0707 for more information.
Parenting/Caregiver Peer Support Groups
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is a virtual group that meets twice monthly to share experiences and learn from each other. In 2022, participants will receive a monthly food hamper delivery with the ingredients for a healthy family meal. Contact Jill to register.
Caregiver Coffee Group is a virtual drop-in for parents/caregivers raising children with disabilities, autism or mental health. It is a chance to chat and check-in with other families to share successes, challenges and strategies. This Group is offered in partnership with Huron Respite Network. Please contact Natalie to register and learn more.
For our in-person parenting/caregiver groups, we will arrange free taxi transportation. Please contact us to learn more.
Each year, we offer a variety of workshops and learning series in elementary schools for primary grades. Themes relate to disability awareness, self-regulation, personal safety and social skills.
The School Program Guide is shared with AMDSB and HPCDSB teachers in September, who make arrangements with our team for classroom delivery.
Additional resources for parents/caregivers are available here.
This group is for brothers and sisters, age 7 to 12, of children who have a developmental or physical disability, autism or a mental health concern. It is an opportunity to have fun together while receiving peer support, sharing their sibling relationship and exploring the gifts and challenges of being a sibling to a brother or sister with disabilities. We co-facilitate this group with Huron Respite Network. There is no charge for children participating. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 519-482-3115 x 210 or email Natalie.
Safe Places Huron
Safe Places Youth Certification supports quality activities while reducing potential risks to children and youth.
Safe Places Youth Certification demonstrates to your community that you highly value your responsibility as a person in a position of trust with children and youth. It also demonstrates to children and youth that activity leaders have training and knowledge that contributes to building trust.
If you are an activity leader or volunteer, find out more about how you can start the certification process. Contact Nicole or call 226-699-0707 ext 101.
Huron County Christmas Bureau
The Huron County Christmas Bureau provides gift cards for the provision of groceries and gifts for children, ensuring every family in Huron county has access to food on the table and presents under the tree.
The Huron County Christmas Bureau is funded by donations and fundraising efforts from the community. For over 50 years, churches, schools, community organizations, businesses, and caring individuals have rallied together to ensure every child in our community experiences the wonder of Christmas.
Please join us in continuing this very special Huron County tradition.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program
This program is for parents/caregivers who need financial support to help pay for their children’s sports registration fees and/or equipment relating to a registered program. Please apply on the CT Jumpstart web site. As the local CT Jumpstart Ambassador, we are available to help families complete online applications. That means if you need help completing the online form, we can help! Contact Nicole or call 226-699-0707 ext. 101 for help with the application for funding your children’s sports activities.