Parenting isn’t just about teaching, it’s about learning too.

Nothing can prepare you for parenthood. We can, however, help you along the way. With a wide variety of parenting programs covering many different topics, we can help you through the difficulties that come with parenthood. Plus, you’ll meet other parents who are going through the same things as you are.

There is no foolproof guide to parenting, but there are resources to help you be the best parent you can be.

Programs for Parents

We know that this is a challenging time for parents and kids.  We are available to help support you.  All scheduled parenting programs are being offered by our team of caring facilitators via video conference. We are developing new programs and groups to help parents during this time.  To register for a group or learn more about our parenting programs and how we can support you please contact 613 725-3601 ext. 108.

Programs for LGBTTQ+ Community

You can still ‘drop in’ – our group for parents of gender diverse, trans and non-binary children and youth is offered via video conference the third Tuesday of each month (starting April 2020); our Transcend youth group for gender diverse, trans, non-binary and questioning youth aged 11 – 17 is offered via video conference the fourth Monday of every month (starting April 27, 2020). Please contact to learn more about how we can help support you.

Are you in crisis?

FSO provides counselling and support services however; we are not crisis centre.  If you are in crisis and need immediate support, please contact one of the following resources:

Distress Line (Ottawa/Gatineau) 613-238-3311 (English only)

Outaouais Distress Line 1-866-676-1080 (English only)
(Please note that transfers to the Mental Health Crisis Team are available to Ontario residents only.)

Mental Health Crisis Line (Ottawa) 613-722-6914 (English and French)

Mental Health Crisis Line 1-866-996-0991 (English and French)
(Akwesasne, Prescott-Russell, Renfrew, Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry)

The Walk-In Counselling Clinic

Family Services Ottawa
312 avenue Parkdale Ave.
Ottawa ON K1Y 4X5
T. 613-725-3601