The Teddy Bear Fund is addressing the unique needs of overrepresented communities and preventing more children from growing up in government care.

Each year, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Teddy Bear Fund – with the support of our incredible donor community – grants $1.375 million to the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CAS Toronto) and Native Child and Family Services of Toronto to enable the organizations to respond to the immediate and urgent needs of children, youth and families in crisis.

With a focus on initiatives that strengthen families and prevent children from growing up in government care, the Teddy Bear Fund supports over 20 programs and services impacting all three of our priority populations: children and families at risk, children and youth in care and youth in transition.

The Fund emphasizes support for Black, Indigenous and Biracial children, youth and families, who are disproportionately overrepresented in the child welfare system.

The programs and services supported by the Teddy Bear Fund are not covered by the provincial government’s basic operational funding – meaning they rely entirely on investments from our donor community to create life-changing impact for kids and families in need.

Last year, the Teddy Bear Fund directly impacted the lives of over 6,600 children, youth and families through donor-funded programs.

Impact Highlights

Highlights of programs and services supported by the Teddy Bear Fund include:

Children and Families at Risk

  • Caring Dads: Educating fathers about the roots and impacts of domestic violence and teaching child-centred parenting.
  • Kuponya: A collaboration between CAS Toronto’s North West Branch, Caribbean African Canadian Social Services and the Jean Tweed Centre to work with Black families from a trauma-informed perspective.

Children and youth in care

  • Black Education Awareness and Programming: Mentorship programs and excursions to help Black youth develop a strong sense of self and to preserve cultural identity.

Youth in transition

  • Pape Adolescent Resource Centre: A unique resource providing one-to-one support and resources for youth who have recently transitioned out of care.

By providing critical funding for a range of programs and resources delivered by CAS Toronto and Native Child & Family Services of Toronto, the Teddy Bear Fund helps vulnerable children, youth and families in our community build strength, access opportunities and ultimately look ahead to brighter, bolder futures.

Thank you for considering a gift to Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Teddy Bear Fund. Your generosity will have a direct and immediate impact on the most vulnerable children and families in Toronto, helping to address overrepresented communities and ensure fewer children enter or grow up in government care.

Your support of the Teddy Bear Fund is transforming the lives of our community’s most vulnerable kids.

Thank you to our exceptional Teddy Bear Fund Founding Donors who have committed $100,000+ to the Teddy Bear Fund:

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Daniel & Kathryn Barclay
Eric Bélanger & Marie Claude Prud’homme
Lynn & Brent Belzberg
Bradley Black
Eric Blanchard & Olivia Holland
Sheila Block
Michael Bowick & Joanne Peters
Bill Butt & Susan Quigley
Judith & Marshall Cohen and Family
Tracy Cooper & John Friedrichsen
Maureen & Victor Dodig
The K. Michael Edwards Family
Lynn Factor & Sheldon Inwentash
Richard (Dick) & Darleen Falconer
Linda & Bob Goldberger
In Memory of Muriel L. Gorrie
Donald Guloien & Irene Boychuk
Pruyn & Kelly Haskins
Christina Kramer
Fred & Donna Leslie
Dougal & Barbara Macdonald
Vineet & Trish Malhotra
John & Gillian McArthur
Leigh Merlo & Bill Bamber
Rory & Julie Mitz
The Newlands Family Foundation
John & Michelle Ovens
The Pilosof Family and RP Investment Advisors
Grant & Mona Rasmussen
Adam & Allison Sinclair
In Memory of Pinkle Sturgeon

Cookie & Stephen Sandler
Frances Forrester

Shael Kalef, Chair
Atif Ayub
Brigette Delaney
Kevin Gopaul
Caroline Madden
Ryan Marr
Grant Rasmussen

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