Additional Developmental Support Services offered through DCAFS. is a provincial website that will help families to easily access respite workers and services within their local community across Ontario. Families of individuals with developmental disabilities and children with physical disabilities can register online and gain information about respite services offered in their community. It coordinates a network of agencies and organizations providing respite service to individuals.  We are collaborating with our community partners to develop a respite network for both children and adults.  The website provides information and links to all respite services available.

Special Services at Home

Dufferin Child and Family Services is a transfer payment agency that can help administer Special Services at Home (SSAH) funding. The SSAH program assists families who are caring for their child under the age of 18 with a developmental disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder at home.

  • In Dufferin County, workers are hired directly by families. DCAFS administers the SSAH contract dollars authorized by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.
  • Special Services at Home Workers are not considered employees of Dufferin Child and Family Services.
  • When a Dufferin family chooses to have DCAFS administer their SSAH funds, both the worker and the parent must complete time sheets. Direct deposit payments are made for workers and providers.

Medically Fragile Technologically Dependent (MFTD)

Dufferin Child and Family Services is a transfer payment agency that can help families administer Enhanced Respite funding for children under 18 years of age who have been deemed Medically Fragile Technologically Dependent (MFTD) by Home and Community Care Support Services (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care).

Developmental Services Ontario

Developmental Services Ontario (DSO); your access point for adult developmental services helps adults with developmental disabilities connect to services and supports in their communities. There are nine agencies across Ontario to serve you.

Passport Program

Dufferin Child and Family Services can help adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities administer their Passport funding to pay for community participation and supports. For more information about the Passport reimbursement program visit