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I am contacting you from a shelter for women victims of violence. We have a resident who has two children of one and two years old. Ms. is 8 months pregnant and will be giving birth very soon. She will need accommodation. We would therefore like to have information concerning the registration procedures.

I am a social worker in the Youth in Difficulty program at the CIUSS de l’Est-de-Montréal. I currently follow a mom exhausted by her parenting, who is considering placing her 8 year old son. I plan to present your resource to her so that she and her son can have a break before talking about placement.

Thank you

I am currently experiencing a separation and I have 3 children in my care now for 2 months, the dad does not help me and I have my parents who do a lot and even too much for me … a colleague referred me to you so I don’t know how you work … I work in the hospital and it’s more about the weekend that it bothers me a bit … I would like to know how it works and what are your prices? A huge thank you to you!


I am a single mother with my three-year-old daughter. I am currently experiencing eviction from my home for non-payment because I am in a difficult financial situation. I do not know where to refer to, my eviction arrives quickly and I cannot find a roof to house us. I do not know which organizations are available. Would The Kangaroo House be an appropriate option at the moment?

I am a social worker at CLSC and I would like to know if it was possible to have more information on the respite service (registration procedure, fees, etc.) for one of the families being followed. The child is one year old and is in the process of diagnosing developmental delay. So I would like to know if he was eligible.

Thank you and good day

My friend is a single mom and is going through a divorce from a violent narcissistic manipulator. Psy, SOCIALWORKER, CAVAC, DPJ help her, but she is at the end of her rope. She has two lovely girls of one and two years old. Her oldest child does major crisis and does not want to go to bed neither the does sleep at night. She has difficulty supervising the education of her daughters since she is there physically but the rest is not there … She lives in St-Georges-de-Beauce. Do you have a home in this area or do you know of an organization like yours that could help? Any information that can help would be welcome !


I am thirty-two years old and I am auxiliary nurse at the hospital. I have a three year and ten month old boy who just has a mom. I have a lot of family and friends who keep my work days for me and weekends and holidays, but there I do not feel in my best shape and I would need a night’s rest two days. Because I would need it for the well-being of my child. I would like to make an appointment to visit and create a bond of trust to remove the guilt of leaving my son with strangers without feeling like I am abandoning him.

Good day,
I am a father of twins. My son seems to have an opposition disorder, I don’t know what to do with him anymore. He’s six years old and last Sunday he vandalized a car. At school, things are very bad. I am alone with them and it exhausts my patience. He does not listen to instructions, neither at home nor at school. I can’t manage anymore and I need air. I do not know how your accommodation works, but I would like to know it. I am currently on social assistance. I live in Laval.

Thank you

I do not know what is a good reason for you, to be able to leave her child for a few days I will explain my case to you: I am a single mother of a three year old child who is learning the hygiene, it is for me a very difficult stage, my son poops on the ground every day despite that I repeat it all day if you want to pee poop goes on your potty I tell him at least 40-50 times a day, but he does his needs on him, I am no longer able to pick up his needs it annoys me I become hysterical when it happens. Despite sometimes I put diapers on him when he wants he takes off his diaper and goes all over the house I cry every night I can’t take it anymore, I have already asked for help I was just told to to continue one day it will bear fruit, but in this present moment he listens to me zero and when I get angry he cries incessantly as if we had beaten him tosses his toys, shouts and I go on… so that’s why I ask for your help, i have no family to help me and none of my friends have children.



I work as a youth worker at the CLSC and I accompany a single mother who has a child with special needs. The confinement period was particularly difficult and continues to be so for this family. The mother cites a great need for respite now to prevent the relationship from deteriorating. She names that she and her daughter both need a moment of distance to be better together afterwards. I know that your usual services are suspended for several reasons, I ask you if you offer respite no matter what form? I read on the website the possibilities of financial support, but in this case money is not the main issue but the absence of a network that can take over. I think that any form of respite, regardless of location and duration, would be appreciated for this family. Please inform me of the possibilities with The Kangaroo House, or with any other service or organization that you may know in the region.

A big thank-you!

I am 22 years old and a single mother of a 19 month old baby boy. I was recently diagnosed with a chronic condition called Lupus. I’m trying to figure out how to get to the hospital due to the fact that I have excruciating pain and the need to get there. Unfortunately, I don’t have anyone to babysit my son. I would have brought it with me but I don’t know if I am going to be hospitalized or not because this disease is very new to me. So I’d like to know how your shelter works. While searching via the internet, I found your body. Thanks, have a good day.

I need help
Following a very painful separation, my 7-year-old daughter has seizures and excessive seizures, she cries, strikes, she is out of control, it has been going on for a year, but the last few weeks, and these attacks went up to about every 10 minutes. She has already seen a psychologist for a month and a half, but nothing has changed. We have two other children and the dynamics are very complicated, we are exhausted and less and less resources with us. The father is forbidden to communicate with me or to approach within 150 meters. I am under the CAVAC program. I have full-time custody.
I need help and resources.

I am contacting you on behalf of one of my clients who is in need of urgent accomodations for here 5 years old daughter. They are a refugee family with a very limited support system. Mother has a hip surgery scheduled for June 25 th. We are anticipating the recovery in hospital will be 5 days long. There is the possibility of rehabilitation at a center afterwards; however this is dependent on how the surgery goes. I would greatly appreciate that you contact me by phone at your earliest convenience.
Thank you for your help and understanding

Have a nice day


We are grandparents present with two sick children, our boy who is 31 years old, and our 36 year old daughter who is a single parent and who has a two year old boy with a completely absent father, we really need to rest, our health is already fragile and we are afraid that it it’s not only to a due to a big exhaustion. We have already made the request to the CLSC but there is a shortage of staff at the moment. Thank you for taking the time to read me and if it is not in the right place that I knock please and if you have another choice I take all the advice, thank you and have a good day.

Good day,
I am looking for resources to provide respite for a family experiencing parental exhaustion.
I would like to know your offer of services in this sense, the access criteria, deadlines, prices, terms of reference, if applicable. I could then present your services when appropriate to the needs of the families encountered.

Thanks a lot

Good day,

I am a single mom of 3 children under 5 and I am from Gatineau! I would like to know if I can get help I have no one around me who wants to help me! I am tired, exhausted and without any resources. I’d like to know if you can help me. I’m ready to go the two hour drive for help! You are my last option!

Thank you

Good day,
I am a single mother of 3 children my daughter who is 4 years old and my 2 year old twins! One day I was looking for help and I came across a blog that talked about The Kangaroo House: a mom who had help thanks to you and who managed to get out of this difficult time thanks to your assistance. It was very hard to ask for help, but I did.

Thank you for helping moms like me in need! It does not have a price!

I am the mother of two wonderful boys, one 4 years old and one 10 months old. For the past 3 months the father has gone abroad to visit his family … for an indefinite period. So I am full time with the boys without having a break. Phew! Not obvious every day when you don’t have a help network. This year I am spending Mothers Day alone with my little boys and in addition it’s my birthday Thursday… A family vacation would allow you to get out of the routine: no cleaning or meals to prepare! Just having time for fun and just thinking about what’s really important will do so much good.

I am a mother of two little girls, 3 years and 4 months old. The last year has been very breathless, I had a painful pregnancy with the first months of threats of miscarriages, then diabetes of pregnancy, and a threat of pre-term labor in late pregnancy. Then my other child was born! The first month was a honeymoon, and then exhaustion is like pointing the nose. My child had buttocks burned by the diapers which took 4 weeks to heal, which earned him a scar on the buttocks. I have never cried so much in 4 weeks as seeing my baby suffer at each diaper change, in the meantime the little girl had bronchiolitis which saved her a 3 day hospital stay! My milk production has been affected and my esteem too. My spouse works a lot to make up my RQAP salary. In between, I had to go to the clinic to ask for help because I was psychologicallyaffected. Recently, I told my partner that even if I saw my little girl every day, I miss her because I feel like I can’t spend so much quality time with her. In short, a stay with the family would allow us to meet up with the family and recharge our batteries.


I am writing to you hoping to find help and support, because I am out of breath. I am exhausted and sincerely on the verge of a finger (sorry if that may seem selfish) but the reality is that I am on the verge of leaving far awayyyyyy.

Short summary: My daughter has rebelled since she no longer has any contact (not even by phone) with her « father » due to a recommendation from the DPJ. So « her teenager crisis » to start let’s say a year and it’s getting worse and worse day by day. I feel like a big punching bag that she can use as she pleases. I don’t often have a break, let’s say … I have her twin brother who has multiple disorders and disabilities as well as a teenager of 15 and I am a single mom. The twins go a few times to their paternal grandfather (one weekend a month or so) so I can’t recharge my batteries … So our relationship has become very difficult and tense. My heart is in a thousand pieces. I want to find our beautiful family harmony, because it is no longer livable for anyone here.

Good evening,

I am a single mother of a 10 year old boy with Tourette, TSA and ADHD as well as a 14 year old. I myself have a rare neurodegenerative disease, a sickness that is similar to the multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis. I am completely at the end of the line. I no longer see the end, and this on all facets of my life. My children are holding me back because I can no longer bear all that weight on my shoulders. I don’t want accommodation for my children because I don’t think it would be right for me. However, I would like to know if you offer other types of help.

Thank you

Need help,

I am the mother of three wonderful children, alone, without means, without help, whether morally or financially. I’ve been doing it for 12 years already… Today I need help to get there and I don’t know where to turn to get there.

I am an educator specializing in autistic children and sometimes I see families at the end of their tether. Do you accept children with diagnoses?
Can I give them your website?

Good day,
I’m an employer and I have an employee who needs help right now. We are giving him more flexibility, but I think he has his arms full and I was wondering if you could help him and his little family. He has recently been a single parent and I feel that he is very very fragile.

Good day,
We are parents of 2 young children aged 19 months and 4 years old. I heard about your organization on social media. I would very much like to have more information if possible, please.

Thank you so much!


I am a teacher in the special education class in the Lanaudière region. I’m writing to you about the family of an exhausted 10-year-old student. Parents are out of breath and their couple is suffering because the child often has seizures at home. They no longer know what to do with it. Do you accept this kind of case for a little respite so that parents can get together and breathe for a day or a weekend ?

Thank you !

Good day,

I’m contacting you from a shelter for abused women. We have a resident who has 2 children aged of 1 and 2 years old. Ms. is 8 months pregnant and will be giving birth very soon. She will therefore need accommodation. We would like to have information regarding the registration procedures.

Thank you.

Good day,

I am a single mother with 3 children aged 4, 5 and 14 months. I am looking for a trusted agency to give me occasional respite for my 5 month old baby who doesn’t sleep much during the day and who doesn’t sleep through the night. I am exhausted emotionally and physically. My mother, who had lived with me for a long time, helped me with the children, but she passed away suddenly on February 4. His death affects me a lot emotionally … not to mention the accumulated fatigue. I really do need occasional respite to help me up the hill.


Underage mother with a two-year-old child, victim of domestic violence, looking for a short time accommodation. She speaks only Spanish, she has a precarious status. However, the accommodation resources for teens and young adults refuse the request since this young woman has the full custody of a child.

Would it be possible to help us?


I am a psychoeducator in the mental health program of the CIUSS in Montreal-East and I am writing to you about your emergency funds for childcare services

I have a family that is going through serious difficulties and a great situation of precariousness, and this, at all levels. This is about a single mother living with her seven-year-old son who has severe behavioral difficulties that leave her mother exhausted. Madam cannot receive help from her family or friends, because her son is too aggressive. However, the mother’s level of exhaustion has for result that she cannot apply the recommendations of those various services to improve her relationship with her son and allow him to develop a range of peaceful strategies.

For all these reasons, I would like to know if it’s possible to receive funds for this family who lives with small income and cannot afford to pay for a babysitter.

Thanking you for your time,

Hello Mrs.,

I would need your help.
I am a mother of a twenty-month-old baby. Her daddy (my husband until this day) decided to leave us. As of this today, I don’t have a job. I would need advices and listening. My future ex has made an appointment with a mediator which is scheduled for next week, I have an appointment with a lawyer from the local justice center.
Honestly, I am lost. We arrived in Canada – Montreal very recently, I was pregnant and I have hardly any contacts here.

I would be happy to discuss it with you.


I am going through a very difficult situation. I have been staying in a hotel for three days after a separation while waiting for an apartment in September. I am a single parent and thirty-five weeks pregnant, I ask you to help me with the care of my four-year-old child when I’ll be in the hospital to give birth and sometimes to take a little break with the baby who is coming.
I have no place to keep him…
Could you help me, please?

Thank you and good day