The five14 theme for 2017 was Commit. Connect. We gathered together to commit to all children and youth in care. We connected with a genuine desire to mobilize our resources and create a bridge to a future where all youth in care feel the commitment and the connection we will create together.

five14 Talks Event Highlights

In response to requests from young people in care to have a greater voice in shaping public perceptions, the Children’s Aid Foundation created five14 Talks to celebrate Children and Youth in Care Day and inspire change. It was an amazing event.

The 2017 event will feature an intimate 150-person capacity audience comprised of like-minded guests interested in the advancement of child welfare. The purpose of this forum is to develop new ideas and inspire change in response to the ever-changing needs of young people served by Canada’s child welfare services who battle tremendous adversity to lead meaningful lives.

It all started with a report called, “My Real Life Book” from the Youth Leaving Care Hearings, which called for fundamental change to the existing child welfare system – an initiative that was supported by the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth to examine the challenges youth face when they “age out” of the care system.

The report also included a recommendation to declare Children and Youth in Care Day to raise awareness of the issues children and youth face, reduce stigma and recognize children and youth in the care of the province so that they are no longer invisible. May 14, 2014, marked the first Children and Youth in Care Day in Ontario following it’s officially declaration by the Province of Ontario, Bill 53 as an Act.


With the central theme of change, five speakers are given 14 minutes to present innovative ideas and inspiring stories that explore change and push the boundaries and perceptions of what is possible.

This year we will continue to bring together like-minded professionals and influencers including Members of Provincial Parliament, government and policy makers, executives from Children’s Aid Societies and other child welfare organizations, former youth in care and many others.


The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is our country’s leading charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth in the child welfare system.

Since 1979, we have helped these vulnerable young people break the cycle of abuse and neglect and define a vision of success for themselves and future generations. Working with 63 agency partners across Canada, we fund, grant to, and help deliver programs and initiatives that enable vulnerable young people to achieve their greatest potential. With donor support, we will achieve our vision of a future where all children and youth have the strength and resilience to create a lifetime of their own unstoppable successes.

I Am I Can I Will Wall: Commitments to Change