To ensure the mental health wellness of children, youth and families.


To provide client-centered, effective and efficient programs to improve the mental health wellness of children, youth and families


  • Accessible
  • Client Centred
  • Evidence-Based
  • Inclusive

Help them rise, watch them soar! That’s what we do. The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families is a mental health treatment centre for children and youth 17 and under. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and funded by the Government of Ontario.

The Phoenix Centre’s roots were planted in Renfrew County in December 1975. Noticing a lack of support and suitable resources for children with emotional and behavioural challenges and their families, the community united to make a change.

A chain of community-based efforts spanning over three years led to the nesting of The Phoenix Centre in 1978, when the Ministry of Community and Social Services confirmed the financial support required to institute a Children’s Mental Health Centre.

Since 1978, The Phoenix Centre has grown with the community, offering a warm, safe place to all the children and families of Renfrew County. We currently have 16 full-time therapists and eight child and youth counsellors providing mental health support services to the children, youth, and families of Renfrew County. We strive for your well-being.

With our main office located in the heart of beautiful downtown Pembroke, and satellite offices in five communities, our diverse services and programs are accessible throughout the County.

Proud neighbours and hosts of the Renfrew County Child Poverty Action NetworkBig Brothers Big Sisters Renfrew County and Elevate! Youth Fitness Centre in memory of Krista Johnston, The Phoenix Centre is also affiliated with many local, provincial, and national organizations.

Incorporated as Renfrew County Youth Services, our Board of Directors searched for a unique name to identify the agency within the community. The Phoenix Centre was chosen.

At The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families, we believe the process of seeking help and change mirrors the flight of the Phoenix. Getting treatment is a challenging process, but, by working through it, children and families can live better and feel stronger than they did before, achieving the extraordinary.

Our efforts are directed towards affirming the dignity and worth of each child and family, so as to enhance the integrity of the family unit.


The Phoenix Centre’s Board of Directors is a dynamic group of twelve elected members, including professionals and volunteers committed to providing quality services to every child and family that seeks the services of The Phoenix Centre.

Our Board envisions a Renfrew County where all children are emotionally healthy, and families are able to help themselves by making positive changes in their lives.


  • Outward Vision
  • Encouragement of Diversity in Viewpoints
  • Strategic Leadership More Than Administrative Detail
  • Clear Distinction of Board and Staff Roles
  • Futuristic Planning While Maintaining a Historical Perspective and Proactivity

Phoenix Centre for Children & Families is a not-for-profit Children’s Mental Health agency that is fortunate to belong to Delta Gaming (Pembroke) and be able to provide the following for our clients:

  • Client Transportation
  • Client Assistance
  • Snacks for Group Sessions
  • Field trips
  • Program supplies


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