Thank you for your interest in Big Brothers Big Sisters of York.

To learn more about our many programs and services, please review our Mentoring Programs.

To find out if the enrolment for Little Brothers and Little Sisters is open in your area please complete the inquiry form below and one of our staff members will be in touch with you to discuss your submission.

The more information that you can provide, the better able we will be to understand the needs of your child.  Please note that we do realize that this information can be of a sensitive nature and it will be treated with confidence and respect.  You are welcome to review our privacy policy before submitting your information.

If after reviewing the Inquiry Package you find that this may not be the most appropriate program for your child, or if you and your family are in need of additional support, please refer to the list of community services provided at the bottom of this page.  For a complete and updated listing of supports offered in your area visit 211ontario.ca.

If you have any questions or require more information please contact Katie Lowes, Team Lead, Enrolment and Site-Based Programs at Katie.Lowes@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca or (905)726-2149 ext. 314

Thank you.

  • Child Inquiry Package

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Additional Community Supports and Services

Support for Children and Youth

Children’s Aid Society
Child Protection Services
*You are required to call CAS if you have any suspicions of child abuse*
905-895-2318
1-800-718-3850

211 Ontario
24/7, free, confidential information on services and resources available across York Region
www.211ontario.ca
Phone: 211

360° Kids
Services and programs for children, youth and families in crisis
80 F Centurian Dr Suite 206, Markham, ON L3R 8C1
905-475-6694

ArtsCan Circle
Links creative artists with Indigenous youth at risk
P.O. Box 95557 Newmarket, ON L3Y 8J8
905-836-9117

Aurora Public Library
Services and programs for children, youth and families
15145 Yonge St, Aurora, ON L4G 1M1
905-727-9494

Community Crisis Response Service (York Support Services Network)
For individuals having a mental health crisis and their family or friends
905-310-COPE (2673)
1-855-310-COPE (2673)

East Gwillimbury Public Libraries
Services and programs for children and caregivers
Various locations
905-836-6492 ext. 105

Georgina Public Libraries
Services and programs for children and caregivers
Various locations
905-476-5762 ext. 4510

Girls Inc.
Programs to help girls (6-18) develop to the fullest of their capacities in all areas of life
80 George St. Unit 2 Newmarket, ON L3Y 4V3
905-830-0776

Iranian-Canadian Youth Support Group
Resettlement and integration support for Farsi speaking youth
5330 Yonge St Suite 202, Toronto, ON M2N 5P9
416-477-9398 ext. 232

Jericho Youth Services
Recreation programs and services for children and youth
1964 Metro Road, P.O. Box 991 Sutton West, ON L0E 1R0
905-722-5540

Kid’s Help Phone
Free, anonymous support for young people
1-800-668-6868

King Public Libraries
Services and programs for children and caregivers
Various locations
905-833-5101

LGBT Youth Line
Anonymous, youth-run help line that offers support, referrals, and information
1-800-268-9688

Markham Public Library
Services and programs for children and caregivers
101 Town Centre Blvd, Markham, ON L3R 9W3
905-477-5530

My House
An inclusive and safe space that welcomes all members of the LGBTQ community
10909 Yonge Street, Unit 203 Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3E3
905-770-5858

Newmarket Public Library
Services and programs for children and caregivers
438 Park Ave, Newmarket, ON L3Y 1W1
905-953-5110

Rainbow Youth, York Region
Free support group for queer or questioning youth
1-888-905-5428 ext. 74

Rainbow Youth Group
Confidential group open to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, queer and questioning youth
905-884-8379

Richmond Hill Public Library
Services and programs for children, youth and families
1 Atkinson St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0H5
905-884-9288

The Peer Project
Matches youth mentors with newcomer and at-risk children and youth (6-15)
5734 Yonge Street. Suite 401Toronto, ON M2M 4E7
416-932-1919

Vaughan Public Libraries
Services and programs for children, youth and families
Various locations
905-653-READ (7323)

Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library
Services and programs for children, youth and families
2 Park Dr, Stouffville, ON L4A 4K1
905-642-READ (7323)

York Region Anti-Bullying Coalition
Anti-bullying education and advocacy
289-803-2842

York Region Health Connection
Public Health Professionals provide free and confidential information and advice on health related topics over the phone
1-800-361-5653

York Region Youth Outreach
Provides programs and services that are youth-driven, inclusive and accessible
30 Vogell Rd, Unit 2, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3K6
905-695-1779

If any of the above information is incorrect or outdated please let us know at 905-726-2149.  

Support for Children 6 and Under

Children’s Aid Society
Child Protection Services
*You are required to call CAS if you have any suspicions of child abuse*
905-895-2318
1-800-718-3850

211 Ontario
24/7, free, confidential information on services and resources available across York Region
www.211ontario.ca
Phone: 211

Aurora Public Library
Services and programs for children, youth and families
15145 Yonge St, Aurora, ON L4G 1M1
905-727-9494

CAPC – Community Action Program for Children
Supports children (0-6) and families facing difficult life circumstances
905-830-1888

East Gwillimbury Public Libraries
Services and programs for children and caregivers
Various locations
905-836-6492 ext. 105

Georgina Public Libraries
Services and programs for children and caregivers
Various locations
905-476-5762 ext. 4510

Holland Landing Storybook House
Free drop-in centre for families and caregivers with children 0-6.
16 Holland River Blvd, Holland Landing, ON L9N 1C5
905-836-8916

King Township Public Library
Pathway to Kindergarten – children (3-5) and caregivers
1970 King Rd West, King City, ON L7B 1K9
905-833-5101

Newmarket Public Library
Services and programs for children, youth and families
438 Park Ave, Newmarket, ON L3Y 1W1
905-953-5110

Ontario Early Years, York North
Early learning and parenting programs
17310 Yonge St Unit 6, Newmarket, ON L3Y 7R8
905-853-0754

Richmond Hill Public Library
Services and programs for children, youth and families
1 Atkinson St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0H5
905-884-9288

Vaughan Public Libraries
Services and programs for children, youth and families
Various locations
905-653-READ (7323)

Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library
Services and programs for children, youth and families
2 Park Dr, Stouffville, ON L4A 4K1
905-642-READ (7323)

York Child Development and Family Services Inc.
Licensed child care and family support services
905-830-1888

York North Family Resource Programmes – The Family Place
Drop-in and resource centre for parents, caregivers and children
53 Main St, Mount Albert, ON L0G 1M0 (Downstairs in Mt. Albert Community Centre)
905-473-5929

York Region Health Connection
Public Health Professionals provide free and confidential information and advice on health related topics
1-800-361-5653

York Region Kids Line
17250 Yonge St, Newmarket, ON L3Y 6Z1
1-888-703-5437 (1-888-703-KIDS)

  • AOK Early Child Development and Parenting Programs (children 0-6, pregnant and parenting teens)
  • Child Care Fee Assistance
  • Early Intervention Services
  • Preschool Speech and Language Program

If any of the above information is incorrect or outdated please let us know at 905-726-2149.  

Support for Families

Children’s Aid Society
Child Protection Services
*You are required to call CAS if you have any suspicions of child abuse*
905-895-2318
1-800-718-3850

211 Ontario
24/7, free, confidential information on services and resources available across York Region
www.211ontario.ca
Phone: 211

360° Kids
Services and programs for children, youth and families in crisis
80 F Centurian Dr Suite 206, Markham, ON L3R 8C1
905-475-6694

Aurora Public Library
Services and programs for children, youth and families
15145 Yonge St, Aurora, ON L4G 1M1
905-727-9494

CAPC – Community Action Program for Children
Supports children (0-6) and families facing difficult life circumstances
905-830-1888

Catholic Community Services of York Region
Family counselling and group services
21 Dunlop St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 2M6
905-770-7040

East Gwillimbury Public Libraries
Services and programs for children and caregivers
Various locations
905-836-6492 ext. 105

Family Education Resource Network
Resource and drop-in centre providing support to families, caregivers and educators
10761 Woodbine Ave Suite 201, Markham, ON L6C 1J3
905-927-9276

Georgina Public Libraries
Services and programs for children and caregivers
Various locations
905-476-5762 ext. 4510

Human Endeavour
Provides solutions to social challenges
439 Glenkindie Ave, Vaughan, ON L6A 2A2
905-553-9291

Jewish Family & Child
Protective counselling, education and preventative services
9600 Bathurst St Suite 242, Vaughan, ON L6A 3Z8
905-303-5838

King Public Libraries
Services and programs for children and caregivers
Various locations
905-833-5101

Markham Public Library
Services and programs for children and caregivers
101 Town Centre Blvd, Markham, ON L3R 9W3
905-477-5530

Newmarket Public Library
Services and programs for children and caregivers
438 Park Ave, Newmarket, ON L3Y 1W1
905-953-5110

Ontario Early Years, York North
Early learning and parenting programs
17310 Yonge St Unit 6, Newmarket, ON L3Y 7R8
905-853-0754

Ontario. Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Plans and develops services under the Child and Family Services Act
17310 Yonge St, Newmarket, ON L3Y 7R8
905-868-8900

Richmond Hill Public Library
Services and programs for children, youth and families
1 Atkinson St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0H5
905-884-9288

Vaughan Public Libraries
Services and programs for children, youth and families
Various locations
905-653-READ (7323)

Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library
Services and programs for children, youth and families
2 Park Dr, Stouffville, ON L4A 4K1
905-642-READ (7323)

York Child Development and Family Services Inc.
Licensed child care and family support services
905-830-1888

York North Family Resource Programmes – The Family Place
Drop-in and resource centre for parents, caregivers and children
53 Main St, Mount Albert, ON L0G 1M0 (Downstairs in Mt. Albert Community Centre)
905-473-5929

York Region Centre for Community Safety
Programs and advocacy addressing violence against women, men and children
16775 Yonge St Suite 200, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8J4
905-836-7601

York Region Health Connection
Public Health Professionals provide free and confidential information and advice on health related topics
1-800-361-5653

If any of the above information is incorrect or outdated please let us know at 905-726-2149.  

Support for Parents and Guardians

Children’s Aid Society
Child Protection Services
*You are required to call CAS if you have any suspicions of child abuse*
905-895-2318
1-800-718-3850

211 Ontario
24/7, free, confidential information on services and resources available across York Region
www.211ontario.ca
Phone: 211

Community Crisis Response Service (York Support Services Network)
For individuals having a mental health crisis and their family or friends
905-310-COPE (2673)
1-855-310-COPE (2673)

Family Education Resource Network
Resource and drop-in centre providing support to families, caregivers and educators
10761 Woodbine Ave Suite 201, Markham, ON L6C 1J3
905-927-9276

Human Endeavour
Provides solutions to social challenges
439 Glenkindie Ave, Vaughan, ON L6A 2A2
905-553-9291

In Search of Justice
Advocacy and representation for men in divorce, custody and access of children
5289 Highway 7 Unit 7, Woodbridge, ON L4L 8V3
416-240-0258

Jewish Family & Child
Protective counselling, education and preventative services
9600 Bathurst St Suite 242, Vaughan, ON L6A 3Z8
905-303-5838

Women’s Support Network of York Region
Sexual abuse counselling and support
1110 Stellar Dr Unit 109, Newmarket, ON L3Y 7B7
905-895-3646

Yellow Brick House
Emergency shelter, counselling and support services for women and children
52 West Beaver Creek Rd Unit 4, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1L9
905-709-0900
Shelter: 905-727-1944
Outreach Counselling & Support Services 1-877-222-8438

York Region Centralized Children’s Respite Services
Provides temporary relief for overwhelmed families or caregivers who are supporting children/youth with complex mental health needs
402 Bloomington Rd, Aurora, ON L4G 0L9
905-773-4323 ext. 324

York Region Centre for Community Safety
Programs and advocacy addressing violence against women, men and children
16775 Yonge St Suite 200, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8J4
905-836-7601

York Region Health Connection
Public Health Professionals provide free and confidential information and advice on health related topics
1-800-361-5653

York Region Kids Line
17250 Yonge St, Newmarket, ON L3Y 6Z1
1-888-703-5437 (1-888-703-KIDS)

  • AOK Early Child Development and Parenting Programs (children 0-6, pregnant and parenting teens)
  • Child Care Fee Assistance
  • Early Intervention Services
  • Preschool Speech and Language Program

If any of the above information is incorrect or outdated please let us know at 905-726-2149.  

Support for Mental Health

211 Ontario
24/7, free, confidential information on services and resources available across York Region
www.211ontario.ca
Phone: 211

Blue Hills Child and Family Centre
Children’s Mental Health Centre
402 Bloomington Rd, Aurora, ON L4G 0L9
905-773-4323

Canadian Mental Health Association
1101 Nicholson Rd Unit 5, Newmarket, ON L3Y 9C3
905-841-3977

Community Crisis Response Service (York Support Services Network)
For individuals having a mental health crisis and their family or friends
905-310-COPE (2673)
1-855-310-COPE (2673)

Kinark Child and Family Services
Individual, family and group counselling for children and youth living with mental health issues
24 Orchard Heights Blvd Unit 101A, Aurora, ON L4G 6T5
1-888-454-6275

Markham Stouffville Hospital
381 Church St, Markham, ON L3P 7P3
905-471-7530

  • Mental Health System: Child and Adolescent Services
  • Mental Health System: ATLAS Program (Youth 12-19)

Southlake Regional Health Centre
596 Davis Dr, Newmarket, ON L3Y 2P9

  • Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Program
    905-895-4521 ext. 2825
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
    905-895-4521 ext. 2976

The York Centre
Provides a range of mental health services for children, youth and families
11225 Leslie St, Richmond Hill, ON L4S 1N5
905-737-8927

York Region Centralized Children’s Respite Services 
Provides temporary relief for overwhelmed families or caregivers who are supporting children/youth with complex mental health needs
402 Bloomington Rd, Aurora, ON L4G 0L9
905-773-4323 ext. 324

York Support Services Network
Children’s case coordination and services for individuals with developmental disability and/or serious mental illness
240 Edward St Unit 3, Aurora, ON L4G 3S9
905-898-6455

If any of the above information is incorrect or outdated please let us know at 905-726-2149. 

Support for Special Needs

211 Ontario
24/7, free, confidential information on services and resources available across York Region
www.211ontario.ca
Phone: 211

Autism Ontario York Region
Provides information, referrals, and services for children with ASD and their families
11181 Yonge St. Suite 215, Richmond Hill, ON L4S 1L2
905-780-1590

Best Buddies
One-to-one friendships for children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities
907-1243 Islington Ave, Toronto, ON M8X 1Y9
416-531-0003

Children’s Treatment Network of Simcoe York
Services for children and youth with multiple special needs
13175 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 0G6
1-866-377-0286

Kerry’s Place Autism Services
Provides services for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families
905-713-6808 ext. 350

Stepping Stones Child & Family Services Inc.
Support and services for children and families with special needs
Various locations
905-591-2370

The Safehaven Project for Community Living
Residential alternatives and respite care for children and youth with multiple disabilities and complex medical care needs
905-841-9221

York Support Services Network
Children’s case coordination and services for individuals with developmental disability and/or serious mental illness
240 Edward St Unit 3, Aurora, ON L4G 3S9
905-898-6455

If any of the above information is incorrect or outdated please let us know at 905-726-2149. 

Support for Newcomer and Immigrant Services

211 Ontario
24/7, free, confidential information on services and resources available across York Region
www.211ontario.ca
Phone: 211

CICS Immigrant Youth Centre
Provides a wide range of programs and services for newcomer youth (13-24)
5284 Highway 7 East, Unit 2, Markham, ON L3P 1B9
905-294-8868

COSTI Immigrant Services
Provides educational, social, and employment services to children, youth and families
7800 Jane Street, Unit 1 Concord, Ontario L4K 4R6
905-669-5627

Human Endeavour
Provides solutions to social challenges
439 Glenkindie Ave, Vaughan, ON L6A 2A2
905-553-9291

Iranian-Canadian Youth Support Group
Resettlement and integration support for Farsi speaking youth
5330 Yonge St Suite 202, Toronto, ON M2N 5P9
416-477-9398 ext. 232

If any of the above information is incorrect or outdated please let us know at 905-726-2149. 

Support through Counselling

211 Ontario
24/7, free, confidential information on services and resources available across York Region
www.211ontario.ca
Phone: 211

Catholic Community Services of York Region
Family counselling and group services
21 Dunlop St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 2M6
905-770-7040

Cedar Centre (Formerly York Region Abuse Program)
Provides therapeutic services to victims of childhood trauma
17705 Leslie St Unit 12, Newmarket, ON L3Y 3E3
905-853-3040

FSYR (Family Services York Region)
Counselling for individuals, couples and families
1091 Gorham St Suite 300, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8X7
905-895-2371

Jewish Family & Child
Protective counselling, education and preventative services
9600 Bathurst St Suite 242, Vaughan, ON L6A 3Z8
905-303-5838

Women’s Support Network of York Region
Sexual abuse counselling and support
1110 Stellar Dr Unit 109, Newmarket, ON L3Y 7B7
905-895-3646

Yellow Brick House
Emergency shelter, counselling and support services for women and children
52 West Beaver Creek Rd Unit 4, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1L9
905-709-0900
Shelter: 905-727-1944
Outreach Counselling & Support Services 1-877-222-8438

York Rainbow Support Line (FSYR)
Counselling services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two spirit, queer and questioning individuals and their families
1-888-967-5542

If any of the information listed is incorrect or outdated please let us know at 905-726-2149.

Support for Emergency Shelter

211 Ontario
24/7, free, confidential information on services and resources available across York Region
www.211ontario.ca
Phone: 211

Blue Doors Shelter
Shelters provide accommodations, counselling and referrals
18838 Highway 11 St East Gwillimbury, ON L9N 05C
1-888-554-5525

  • Leeder Place Family Shelter – Families
  • Porter Place – Men
  • York Region Youth Shelter – Youth

Emergency Shelters and Transition Homes
If you are homeless or fleeing an abusive situation, an emergency shelter or a transition home can provide you with temporary housing
1-888-256-1112

Empowerment Through Achievement Vaughan (ETA Vaughan)
Emergency shelter for women and children escaping abuse
1-877-382-1888

Inn from the Cold
Service hub for homeless and at risk of being homeless men and women
510 Penrose St, Newmarket, ON L3Y 1A2
905-895-8889

Sandgate Women’s Shelter of York Region
Shelter that provides 24-hour support and assistance to abused women and their children
1-800-661-8294

Sutton Youth Shelter
Emergency and transitional shelter for males and females (16-26)
905-722-9076

Yellow Brick House
Emergency shelter, counselling and support services for women and children
52 West Beaver Creek Rd Unit 4, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1L9
905-709-0900
Shelter: 905-727-1944
Outreach Counselling & Support Services 1-877-222-8438

If any of the above information is incorrect or outdated please let us know at 905-726-2149.