SAAAC CARES

The CARES Caregiver support program gives families a safe place to learn new skills, to share, be heard and connect in a way that fosters resiliency.


CARES is an eight-week group counselling program designed to target the social, emotional, and psychological challenges that can arise among caregivers of children with complex needs. We help caregivers care for themselves because the more they show up for themselves, the more they can show their loved ones the way.

Program Details:

  • In-Person
  • Group session (10 participants/group)
  • 8-weeks (1 session/week)
  • 1 hr/session
  • Tuesday 6:30PM – 7:30PM

Eligibility: 

  • Have a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) age 8-12

Instructors: 

  • Sessions are led by peer facilitators who are selected based on experience working with vulnerable populations and/or having been a caregiver of a loved one on the autism spectrum. They are provided additional training to address common mental health issues

What You Will Learn: 

  • Caregivers will work on different coping strategies to manage day-to-day stress, practice taking a more self-compassionate perspective towards their challenges, and learn tips for problem-solving and assertive communication. 

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