Children's Aid Foundation helps vulnerable kids across Canada overcome the obstacles in life that hold them back
Programs We Fund
"Thank you for everything. The confidence, the self-esteem and the success"

Thanks to the support of our donors, we fund programs that give Canada’s most vulnerable children hope for a promising future. Working with child welfare agencies across the country, we fund programs and services under the following four pillars:

The Programs that we fund under this pillar aim to develop healthy families and strengthen communities by attempting to stop problems before they start.

Child Welfare Institute
The Children’s Aid Foundation is proud to support the Child Welfare Institute. The mission of the Child Welfare Institute is to enhance services to children, youth and families who have experienced or are at risk of abuse and neglect, through the provision of quality training and consultation. The Institute also works to promote excellence in the field of child protection and to improve outcomes for children and youth through a focus on research, program evaluation and evidence based practice.

Community Development Program
Launched 45 years ago in Regent Park, the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto's Community Development and Prevention Program plays a significant leadership role supporting stronger communities and families throughout the city of Toronto. Working collaboratively with numerous community groups, the Community Development and Prevention Program addresses community needs by developing new services, programs and organizations, improving government policies, and developing processes to engage and empower youth and parents.

The current goals of the program are to work towards the prevention of child abuse and neglect by:
• Enabling the collective actions of diverse community members to support children, youth, and families by building on individual and community capacities
• Promoting social justice to address the social and economic inequalities that place children, youth, families and specific communities at risk

Joe Carter Family Support Fund
The Joe Carter Family Support Fund was created to support the most critical areas of need within the Children’s Aid Foundation’s prevention-related programming. With a happy home of his own that includes a wife, two daughters, and a son, Joe Carter was driven to establish this special fund to ensure that Canada’s most vulnerable young people can have access to the same opportunities to be successful as his own children and benefit from the joy of a strong family bond.

Prevention & Early Intervention Fund
The Prevention & Early Intervention Fund provides support to Children’s Aid Society of Toronto Family Service clients who require personal needs items that are critical to the care, safety, and upbringing of children, such as strollers, diapers, furniture, clothing, etc. Even though requests for items may be small, these items provided to a child and their family make an enormous difference in their lives.

Team Hope
Team Hope is facilitated by the Children’s Aid Foundation each year at the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon. Participants from Ontario Children’s Aid Societies and other supporters run in the marathon and raise funds for prevention programs at their home agency. This past year, Team Hope consisted of 121 participants who raised $70,200 in support of prevention programs.

Team Hope Partners
Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Toronto, ON |
Dufferin Child and Family Services, Orangeville, ON | //
Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region, Kitchener, ON |
Family & Children’s Services of Renfrew County, Pembroke, ON | //
Halton Children’s Aid Society, Burlington, ON | //
Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society, Peterborough, ON |
Native Child & Family Services of Toronto, Toronto, ON |
Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, Toronto, ON |
York Region Children's Fund, New Market, ON |

Michelle shares her story and experiences regarding the circumstances that brought her into the care of CAS

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