Kawartha Family Court Assessment Service provides clinical assessments under Section 30 of the Children’s Law Reform Act (also called decision making/parenting plans, which were formerly referred to as custody and access assessments), Section 98 of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act (also called parenting capacity assessments), and Section 34 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. These assessments are provided for the judiciary in the city of Peterborough and the counties of Peterborough, Haliburton, Northumberland and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Kawartha Family Court Assessment Service also provides Voice of the Child reports, as well as the New Ways for Families program. 

In addition, the Agency runs the Residential Placement Advisory Committee program as well as the Four Counties Family Court Mediation Program.

Vision, Mission & Values:


A community where children, individuals, and families live healthy, safe, and meaningful lives.


We assist children, individuals, families, the Courts, and service providers by providing information and clinical analysis through assessments, recommendations, mediation, counselling, and other supportive programs and services. 


We are guided by the following:

  • Service Excellence

We believe in delivering the best possible services for our clients, as defined by the use of best practices established by applicable legislation, professional associations and/or colleges, and regulatory bodies.  

  • Inclusivity

We respect the dignity and diversity of children, individuals, and families by welcoming people of all backgrounds, identifies, histories, and needs, and by using inclusive processes.  

  • Resiliency

We believe in the potential for change within individuals and families, and we look to build on their inner strengths.  We recognize the best interest of children as a paramount concern.  Where possible, we also support maintaining the integrity of family units and offering least intrusive interventions.  

  • Partnership

We work together with our community partners in a collaborative way, exploring opportunities for shared innovations and service improvements.

  • Teamwork

We work together within our agency to foster a positive organizational culture, support one another, and create a healthy work environment. 

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