Respite in a safe and happy environment for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Charitable Number 85600 1201 RR0001

FOOTPRINTS provides respite services for families with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Durham Region.  Established in 2004, this volunteer-driven, not-for-profit program is dedicated to providing respite care for children 13 years of age and under on a weekly basis in Durham Region.  An outreach program of Dunbarton-Fairport United Church, the program is designed solely for benefit of the afflicted children and for the relief of their families.  FOOTPRINTS relies on trained volunteers to care for the children under the guidance of a trained and qualified Program Supervisor.

Respite locations in Pickering and Whitby

Future Opportunites in Durham Region for Individuals Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder - Parent/Caregiver Survey

FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism is looking to expand their services and would like to ask families and caregivers a few questions to help us determine what our expansion might look like.

The information gathered from this survey goes directly to Julie Cashin-Oster, Operations Manager and will only be shared with FOOTPRINTS' staff and Steering Committee. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this in greater detail you can reach Julie at 905-420-0388 ext. 3 or For more information about FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism visit

Please complete survey by April 30, 2014. Thank you for your input.

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Support for Youth Volunteer Program

FOOTPRINTS gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Colleen Fund and Stanley E. Lovell Family Fund at Durham Community Foundation. Their generous support of our Volunteer Training Sustainability Program will allow us extra resources to focus on recruiting, training and mentoring youth volunteers.

Our comprehensive training program empowers our volunteers – especially youth, giving them the confidence and skills not only to work with children with Autism while volunteering with us, it gives them the interpersonal, social consciousness to be more involved in their community as a whole.

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Are you between the ages 14-24?

Do you experience, community service hours or volunteer experience for your college or university program?

Are you looking to 'Make a Difference in your community'? FOOTPRINTS has partnered with the Pickering Library offering an awesome opportunity!

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Thank you to all our Volunteers!

"Many people do not understand the extreme behaviours that come with autism...this is why we were so happy to be able to receive affordable and high quality respite help from FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism. This gives us a feeling of a 'normal life' and my daughter love going to FOOTPRINTS and is able to participate in activities that she enjoys." - Rankin family

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Lauren Danes and Victoria Kidd for receiving a 2014 Ontario Youth Service Award for your contributions to FOOTPRINTS. Both Lauren and Victoria have been with FOOTPRINTS since 2010. Thank you both so very much!

From left to right: Lauren, MPP Tracy MacCharles Pickering- Scarborough East and Victoria.

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