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In the early 1970’s, his honour Judge Maurice H. Genest, mustered a small group of local professionals to pursue the idea of a local Family Court Clinic, one modelled after that in Toronto. The major stumbling block – funding – fell away when Dr. Naomi Rae-Grant secured support from the Ministry of Health. As Judge Genest continues the story; “ a modest complement of staff was hired, a volunteer board of directors was established, and in 1974 the London Family Court Clinic was started.”

What was then two people conducting “pre-disposition assessments” for the juvenile court is today a multi-faceted agency with 25 staff and 13 different services areas.  Annually we provide between 1100 and 1300 services that includes: work with individuals and families, consultations, assessments, court testimony, alternative dispute resolution efforts, and trainings and resources for prevention and interventions.

More than 10 years ago we changed our name to Centre for Children & Families in the Justice System. The decision to return to our original name in 2014  was both difficult and comfortable. The London Family Court Clinic had built a reputation as a leader in the field and while the Centre for Children & Families in the Justice System is a descriptive of our focus, it does not roll off the tongue easily and many continued to refer to us as “LFCC”.  Old habits die hard for good reason sometimes and we are glad to be “home” again.

Click here to view our 2015/2016 Annual General Report.