Agency History

The Durham Family Court Clinic (DFCC) was founded in August of 1980 with a mandate to provide assessments and service brokerage for youth in conflict with the law appearing before the court. Family mediation was introduced into the agency in 1981, initially by way of professionals donating their time, and from 1999 to 2014, through funding by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

DFCC is now a multi-faceted agency with core services and community linkages that enable us to provide high quality intervention and prevention programs. We are known in the Durham Region for our work with youth and families who are at high risk and our school based violence prevention program.

Quick Facts about DFCC

  • Established in 1980 under the name Oshawa & District Family Court Clinic
  • Name change in 1995 to Durham Family Court Clinic (DFCC)
  • We currently have the following programs that serve youth and families:
    • Assessment Services
    • Collaborative Day Treatment Program
    • Community Support Team
    • Durham Youth Gang Strategy
    • Enhanced Youth Outreach Worker
    • Intensive Support and Supervision Team
    • Specialized Mediation Services
    • Violence Prevention Program
    • Youth Justice Family Worker
    • Fundraising and Community Relations
  • We continually seek funding for special and often time limited projects that fit with the mission of DFCC such as:
    • Summer School
    • Therapeutic Camps
    • Art Expression
    • Community Connections
  • DFCC is a registered charity with the main sources of funding from the Provincial  government and overseen by a voluntary Board of Directors.
  • We currently have 21 staff members and consulting psychologists and psychiatrist, social worker assessors, and child protection mediators.
  • We are proud to be working in partnership with the Durham District School Board, (including Grove School), Durham Catholic District School Board, Durham Children's Aid Society and Youth Justice Probation in the Collaborative Day Treatment Program.
  • We support and accept student placements for social work, child and youth care, psychology, criminology, and public relations.
  • We issue charitable tax receipts for income tax purposes for cash and in-kind donations.

More information, quick facts and statistics can be found in our Annual Reports
Charitable registration number 130196306RR0001

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