The child welfare system can be a confusing place, and often the role of the Children’s Aid Foundation is misunderstood. Here are 5 facts about the Foundation that you may or may not already know:


1. We are not a child protection agency.

As a fundraising organization, the Children’s Aid Foundation does not work in the area of child protection or apprehension. Our day-to-day work involves working with child welfare agencies to identify funding gaps for programming.

2. We do not facilitate adoptions.

We do not arrange or process any adoptions. Through our grants, we support the efforts of child welfare agencies in helping children find forever homes.

3. We are not a Toronto-specific charity.

While we are based in Toronto and fund many different programs and services throughout Toronto and Greater Toronto region, we grant to over 40 partner agencies across the country. Currently, the Foundation funds child welfare programs in almost every province and territory.

4. We do not receive government funding.

Unlike child welfare agencies, which are funded by the government, our funds are primarily raised through private and corporate donors as well as other foundations. We have on occasion received program-specific government grants but they are not part of our core funding.

5. Not every young person who receives our funding lives in foster care.

Most of the children and young people in the child welfare system are living with their families, either directly or in kinship care (with a member of their extended family), or in foster care. Many programs we fund support developing healthy families and strengthening communities.

Find out more about our work here.

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The Children's Aid Foundation of Canada funds programs to help Canada's most vulnerable children and youth, those who have experienced or are at risk of abuse and neglect, overcome the obstacles in life that prevent them from reaching their full potential. We are committed to giving ongoing support to those who need it most.

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