History - Yorktown Family Services

As of April 1st 2018, Yorktown Child and Family Centre and Yorktown Shelter for Women merged to become one social service agency known as Yorktown Family Services.

Yorktown Child and Family Centre was formerly 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). The Centre’s focus was to provide  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 began to put more emphasis on local planning, collaboration and community delivery of services. All the while, CYCFC maintained its mission to meet the mental health support 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, the Shirley Samaroo House. 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. Together, the two agencies were known as Yorktown Family Services.

Today, Yorktown Family Services is a vital not-for-profit community resource for thousands of infants, children, youth, women, and families in West Toronto.

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Yorktown Family Services is an accredited mental health agency that provides a comprehensive range of mental health services for infants, children, youth, young adults, women and families.

happy mother and two daughters

Yorktown’s Violence Against Women (VAW) programs include a shelter for women seeking to transition from abusive relationships; it is staffed 24 hours a day by a multilingual and multicultural team. Yorktown’s VAW services are committed to the well-being and empowerment of women who have been abused and to the healthy development of their children.

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