Stand Up for Kids is Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s national movement to change the futures of kids in care.

More than 235,000 children and youth have suffered or are at risk of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Some 67,000 live in foster care without permanent families.

Through no fault of their own, hundreds of thousands of kids live at risk of abuse, neglect and abandonment. The future kids in care face is bleak: they have less than a 50 per cent chance of graduating high school, and a high risk of living in poverty, becoming homeless, and experiencing mental health issues and addiction. Four in five have special needs.

The average kid in care moves to five different foster homes during their time in the system. They live without the unconditional love and support of a family and close group of friends that most of us take for granted growing up. Every day brings the possibility of a new trauma. For kids in care, normal shouldn’t mean living on the streets is safer than living at home. Normal shouldn’t mean watching a parent beat a sibling or having to quit school to take care of younger siblings. No kid should think of these situations as normal. Together, we need to take a stand.

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Show you care about the most vulnerable in our society.

Show you care about the most vulnerable in our society. Become an ally of kids in the child welfare system. By signing the pledge, you are saying that it’s not OK for kids in Canada to suffer from abuse, neglect and abandonment – that no child should lack the basic things other children take for granted. By signing the pledge and sharing it with everyone you care about, you’ll be a part of creating a movement united in making change happen for kids in care.

We need to Stand Up for Kids.



Your donation to Stand Up for Kids will allow Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada to help remove barriers that limit the potential of children who have experienced or are at risk of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Your support offers these children opportunities to build healthy relationships and become contributing members of society.

Last year we were able to change the lives of over 24,000 children and youth across the country. Let’s stand together and mobilize change for even more kids who need our help right now.


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We need everyone to know that there are hundreds of thousands of children right here in Canada who need our help.
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Engage with the cause and help reshape the future of kids in care.
Volunteer with Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
Host a fundraising event
Adopt a child


The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Stand Up for Kids National Award, recognizing extraordinary Canadians whose efforts have improved the lives of vulnerable kids. Presented September 2018. Learn more

Stand up for kids national award