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What is Hands?

Hands offers a variety of services to support children, youth, adults with a developmental disability, and their families. We are a fully accredited, bilingual, not-for-profit organization. 

Think of us as your first stop in your journey. If what we offer doesn’t meet your needs, we have the community connections to help you find what you are looking for.

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What services does Hands provide?

We provide services in the following areas:

  • Adult developmental services
  • Autism services
  • Child development
  • Child and youth mental health
  • Youth and adult justice services
  • Navigation supports

Where can I receive services?

We provide service to the following regions: 

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Parry Sound

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Northern Ontario

Who works at Hands?

We have a big team – over 200 pairs of hands ready to help you. Our team is made up of Child and Family Therapists, Youth Counsellors, Behaviour Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists and many other health care professionals. 

Our History

In 2000, the Concordia Centre (incorporated in 1983) and Parry Sound District Children’s Mental Health Services (incorporated in 1979) were combined. This created a new agency called Algonquin Child and Family Services. Algonquin Child and Family Services provided services in Nipissing and Parry Sound / Muskoka Districts.

In 2008, Algonquin Child and Family Services unveiled their new identity: Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca. 

Today, Hands is a provincially recognized organization providing over 10,000 services per year.

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