Our Mission: The Hamilton Family Network is a
parent-to-parent organization offering advocacy, training and
planning to create an inclusive community.
The Hamilton Family Network is always open to responding
to questions (for example, education, transitions, looking for
resources, information on government programs, workshops) and
of course always would like to hear comments and feedback.
The Hamilton Family Network, through the generous
support of the Ontario
Trillium Foundation, is creating a Circles of Support
Guidebook for families who have sons and daughters with
developmental disabilities. This Guidebook will be especially
relevant for parents whose young adult will soon be leaving high
school or who is already out of high school.
A Circle of Support is an intentional way to identify and bring
together a network of family and friends. This new network will
work together to develop a shared vision of a safe, meaningful
life both now and in the future. The Guidebook will provide practical
assistance in many ways beginning with who to invite into a Circle.
There will be tips on creating environments of trust and safety
and offer ways to activate the Circle to assist in times of crisis
It is our belief that Circles are the greatest gift families
can give to their son or daughter and to themselves. We are grateful
to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for making the Circles of Support
Guidebook possible. It will be added to this website in Summer,