The predecessor to Yorktown Child and Family Centre was the York Child Guidance Clinic, a children’s mental health agency that had existed since September of 1949. In 1993, the Clinic formally broke from the York Public Health Department, recruited a community-based Board of Directors and incorporated as the City of York Child and Family Centre (CYCFC). Like most agencies, the Centre concentrated on providing programs for its clients, services to the community and broadening its source of funding. It began to offer new programs and activities including training and education, and put more emphasis on local planning, collaboration and community delivery of services. But CYCFC’s mission hasn’t changed. It continually strives to meet the special needs of children, youth and families.
In 1996 the CYCFC Board and Management took over responsibility for running and operating the local women’s shelter, York Shelter for Women. They added two new programs to deal with the special problems of abused women and their children, one funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services and the second, a community-parent education program funded by the United Way.
With the creation of the new City of Toronto in September 1998, the two organizations formally changed their names to Yorktown Child & Family Centre and Yorktown Shelter for Women. The agency is more commonly known as Yorktown Family Services.
In 2002, Yorktown Child and Family Centre relocated to 21 Ascot Ave, the former Earlscourt Junior Public School, still remaining accessible to community members from the former City of York.
Today, Yorktown Family Services is a vital community resource for thousands of children, youth, women, and families in Toronto’s west end delivering our services through two integrated but independent social service agencies, Yorktown Child and Family Centre and Yorktown Shelter for Women.
Yorktown Child and Family Centre (YCFC) is a Children’s Mental Heath Centre offering a comprehensive range of mental health services for children from birth to eighteen years of age and their families.
Yorktown Shelter for Women (YSW) provides a safe and secure haven for women and their children fleeing an abusive relationship. Staffed 24 hours a day by a multilingual and multicultural team, the shelter is committed to the well-being and empowerment of women who have been abused and to the healthy development of their children.