• Welcome to kidsLINK
  • Respite: A Breath of Fresh Air
  • kidsLINK has been getting noticed
  • Understanding trauma can help build wellness and resilience
  • Zero-2-Six Parent and Caregiver Workshops

Our Hope for the Future...young people choose wellness, are resilient and heal from trauma


The Fort: For Kids Living with FASD

The Fort GraphicOperated in partnership with Waterloo Region District School Board, The Fort is a pilot Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder class for students ages 8—12 years that has been operating since September 2013. The name “The Fort” was recently created to reflect a classroom that is a safe place, guided by the needs of the students where students can learn and have fun together because they are understood and supported. The name also echoes its French derivative “forte” – meaning strong point.

Learn more about The Fort and the next steps for this pilot project in September 2014.

Trauma Informed Parenting Workshop

Front Door logoFront Door is offering a Trauma Informed Parenting Workshop for parents/caregivers of children and youth who have experienced and been impacted by trauma. This is an educational workshop with the objective of assisting participants in understanding and parenting their child from a trauma-informed perspective.  Participants will leave the workshop with a tool kit of resources to support their learning. The workshop has no fee, but registration is required.

Date: June 17th, 2014
Time: 6- 8 pm
Location: Front Door, 1770 King St. East, Suite 5, Kitchener, ON

Free workshop, but registration required. To registr, contact: Melissa Voisin at 519-749-8740 ext 254 or mvoisin@carizon.ca

Trauma Informed Parenting Workshop Flyer June 2014

Dynamic Girls Group Spring 2014

Dynamic Girls is a group for teen girls aged 15-18 that focuses on improving social interaction, increasing self-esteem, and improving mood. Each week we will cover different topics and teach girls skills that will help them cope with difficult times, overcome obstacles, and develop healthy relationships with themselves and others while they navigate their teen years.

The group will cover the following topics: self-esteem, body image, mood, anxiety & stress, and healthy relationships, with a Domestic Violence component.

The group runs for 7 weeks and will cost $140 ($20/ session).

For more information on this group please call (519)743-6333.

Encompass program launches camp for kids living with FASD

Boy with Star glassesWe know that the summer break can be a challenge for families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, so the kidsLINK Encompass Program has created a camp that supports the kids and helps the parents to relax, knowing that their children are in good hands. Our trained professionals have the skills, experience and expertise to provide a specialized camp that is safe, therapeutic and fun.

The camp provides opportunities for children ages 8-12 to experience indoor and outdoor play, creativity, and skill development.

The camp will run for two one-week sessions: July 28-August 1, and August 25-29.

For more information, parents can check out the camp flyer.

HairUnited, The Show 2014, coming June 1st!

PrintPlease mark Sunday, June 1st on your calendar and plan to attend a fabulous fundraiser. HairUnited The Show 2014 is an evening of inspiration, creativity, talent, fashion and fun. Organized by Artline Salon in cooperation with a group of local salons, the evening is dedicated to raising funds for our Encompass Recreation Program. The doors open at 5:30 and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and can be purchased at any of the participating salons, or $35 at the door.  Check Out the HairUnited Poster

Many thanks to Artline Salon for organizing this event. Participating salons include: Artline Salon, Pino’s Salon & Medi Spa, Fad Hair Studio, Teknik Salon & Spa, St. Louis Adult Learning Centre, Bilalo’s Hair Artistry, Flo Hair Lounge, So Chiq, and Cucci Cabello.

HairUnited The Show 2014
Sunday, June 1, 2014,
Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.; Show Starts at 6 p.m.


106.7 Country, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Astley Gilbert Intelligent Imaging, TJ Durnan Photography, DJ Kruz, Do It In Style, Fine Feathers, Gemini Models, Artals Promotions Inc., Design UR Dreams, Simply Social.

Mosaic is a Program of Carizon logo

Mosaic Counselling Spring Groups

Mosaic Counselling Spring Groups are now available for registration.


Taking Action! – Remembering, Caring, Preventing

FVPFinal 2013The Family Violence Project of Waterloo Region will be hosting a community event in support of National Victims of Crime Awareness week (April 6 – 12, 2014). The event includes a memorial, children’s activities, barbecue and speeches by guest speakers. This is an opportunity for communities to honour all victims, promote victims’ rights, and to remember those impacted by crime.

April 6, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Victoria Park Pavilion, 80 Schneider St., Kitchener, ON


Long & McQuade Musical Instruments Logo and Link to website

Long &McQuade Musical Instruments are proud sponsors of Music Therapy Programs in many children’s centres and hospitals across Canada.  Once again they have chosen to support the Music Therapy Program at kidsLINK, through their Annual Music Therapy Fundraising Drive.  Five of their stores in Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford and Woodstock helped to promote this fundraising drive and raised almost $7,500 for our program.  We would like to thank Long & McQuade for their tireless efforts in helping our children heal from trauma.

News and Updates

Taking Action!

The Family Violence Project of Waterloo Region will be hosting a community event on April 6, 2014,  in support of National Victims of Crime Awareness week. The event includes a memorial, children’s activities, barbeque and speeches by guest speakers. This is an opportunity for communities to honour all victims, promote victims’ rights, and to remember those impacted by […]

Carlee’s Story…A Story of Hope

During this season of giving, I would like to share an important story with you about a young lady named Carlee and her mother, Beth. Carlee was a beautiful five-year-old. But, Carlee was very sad. She didn’t speak to others, she never smiled, and she was afraid to leave her mother’s side. Carlee was traumatized […]