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Child and Youth Counselling & Therapy and Parenting Support

We are still here!

Our Walk-In Clinic is currently a Virtual Walk-In – you can get quick access to mental health and parenting support by calling 24 hours a day / 7 days a week (519-941-1530) or book an appointment on-line. Please let us know in the “reason” box if we can leave a voice message on your phone if necessary.

Note: If this is a mental health crisis please call 519-941-1530 or 911.

Mental Health Care for Professionals

Educational workers, Health Care Workers and support staff (including kitchen, admin, cleaning, and other staff) in Hospitals, Long-term Care, Retirement Homes, Group Homes, and Shelters.

Our community cares about you!

During this difficult time, we recognize your courage, sacrifice, and the many challenges that you or your family may be facing. We want you to know that we care and truly recognize the demands that you are, and have been, facing.

CMHA, DCAFS, DAFHT, FTP, Hospice Dufferin, and SHIP are collaborating to provide mental health therapists/counsellors – representing our Dufferin community – for you. We would like to help – even in a small way. If you need emotional support, encouragement, or just someone to talk to about your well-being or your concerns.

Please contact us by email ([email protected]) and include information about your preferred way for us to contact you and times that might work best for you.  One of our counsellors will contact you to set up an appointment. This is a confidential service.

If you have concerns that a child or youth is at risk of harm, please contact DCAFS directly at 519-941-1530.

Alternatively, please contact any of our agencies to set up service:

CMHA Peel Dufferin 519-941-0465

DCAFS: Child and Youth Mental Health 519-941-1530

Dufferin Area Family Health Team 519-938-8802 ext. 330 or 401

Family Transition Place 519-941-4357

Hospice Dufferin 519-942-3313

SHIP (Dufferin Office) 519-307-2870

You matter, and your well-being matters!

Foundational Family Services – online Booking available

We are pleased to announce that you can now book an appointment to access our Foundational Family Services support on line for the following services:

Caregiver workshops and follow-up coaching sessions – information, education and resources on a variety of topics

Brief targeted consultations – direct support to help address a specific need and support your child’s skill development

Transition supports – help preparing for your child’s personal and educational transitions as well as transitions to adulthood

Family resource and clinic days – brainstorm, consult and problem-solve with professionals

Families who are registered with the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) can book an appointment by clicking on the GREEN button at the top of this page.

COVID Lessons…kid2kid: The Hills of Headwaters Collaborative Ontario Health Team Initiative

In March 2021, The Hills of Headwaters Collaborative Ontario Health Team Children and Youth Mental Health and Addictions Sub-Committee issued a call to action to the children and youth in our community. Kids were asked to share their experiences, how they are coping and what is working for them when facing all the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Sharing their stories, their experiences and what they have learned about themselves and mental well-being during this time is meaningful information for other children and youth to hear. The responses were wonderful! A full gallery of the submissions is available for viewing on

With their amazing submissions, the COVID Lessons…kid2kid Video Series was created! The video series features short videos targeted to help children, youth and their families find some inspiration and ideas on what they can do to help cope with the stress and frustrations brought on by this pandemic. Check out the videos at or on YouTube:

The committee would like to thank the children and youth in our community for taking the time to create their submissions and share them with us.  Without your input, this project and video series would not have been possible. You have made a big difference!

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COVID-19 Update

DCAFS continues to support our community. Our team of trained professionals are here for you 24/7.

During COVID-19 we want you to know we are still here for you! Starting March 30, we have a roster of mental health and parenting support staff available to you by phone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We know these can be challenging times and we encourage you to reach our anytime you feel the need. Just call us at 519-941-1530 and follow the prompts to be connected to a clinician.

We also want to remind you that if you have concerns about the safety of a child or you, our child protection service is here to assist. Call us anytime at 519-941-1530 and press 1 to be connected with child protection staff.

DCAFS has been caring for and supporting our community for over one hundred years. We know that now, more than ever, we need to be here for you – and we are!

Be well and call us if you need us at 519-941-1530.


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