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Right now, vulnerable youth are in crisis.

Many youth, who are as young as 18, have “aged out” of the child welfare system and are no longer eligible for the support they received while living in foster care or group homes.

Young woman in distress

The pandemic has:

  • Caused sudden unemployment, making them unable to pay for basic necessities.
  • Left them feeling completely isolated, alone and afraid, with no family to turn to.
  • Retraumatized them by intensifying underlying mental health issues that stem from childhood abuse.

Many are feeling like they have reached their breaking point.


“I know I can’t be evicted right now but what about after? I’m not going to be able to catch up on my bills right away.”

– LAURA, former youth in care*

To respond to the most urgent needs of former youth in care, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada launched the COVID-19 Crisis Support Fund with a $5 million fundraising goal. Since March 2020, we have been able to provide emergency support to the most vulnerable young people, but there are so many others who are in great need of support. You can help.

Make a donation or start your own fundraiser. 

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Your gift or fundraiser will provide former youth in care with necessities such as food, safe housing, and access to critical mental health programs that they desperately need during this crisis.

What these troubling times have shown is our humanity and generosity. You can make a difference.
A special thank-you to the Government of Ontario for their $1.5 million contribution towards this effort.

*Name and identity are protected.


Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada wishes to express its thanks to the following benefactors who have made gifts to the Emergency COVID-19 Appeal. We are extremely grateful to all our donors for making a significant commitment to vulnerable children and youth across Canada.

This list represents commitments made from March 20, 2020 – May 21, 2020.

Anonymous (2)
Mark Daniels and Andrea Weissman-Daniels
Linda and Bob Goldberger
Aaron Zifkin

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Ltd.
The Canavan Family Foundation
Richard and Darleen Falconer
James C. Johnson
The Robert G. Kearns Foundation
Fred and Donna Leslie
Marg MacLean and Dave McCann
Julie and Scott Werry

Anonymous (5)
Sheila Block
Martina Borchardt and Family
John and Diane Gibson
The Lindy Green Family Charitable Foundation
Mike Keilhauer
David Leith and Jacqueline Spayne
Andrew and Jessica Maciel
Jane Marshall
Ellen Powell
Norine Rose
Jim Shenkman and Denise Zarn
Toronto Life-Spring Christian Fellowship
Townsend Family Foundation
Kathleen Wronski