Each year, thousands of kids across Canada are affected by various forms of abuse that are detrimental to their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. During October, child welfare and protection agencies work to raise awareness about the various ways that communities can work together to keep their kids safe, happy, and healthy. While professionals who work directly with children are required to report any signs of abuse to the children’s aid society, other community members, including friends, neighbours, and family members, can also play a crucial role in reporting signs of abuse. They can also help to protect children from domestic violence, substance abuse, or other issues that may be affecting a parent or caregiver’s ability to properly care for a child. Proof is not needed to place a call and callers can remain anonymous. Together, we can work to ensure that no child suffers in silence.

Learn more about what you can do if child abuse is suspected by watching this video created by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies.

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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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