Helping kids in and from care go from surviving to thriving

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Alicia, advocate and former youth in care

Our Mission

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is our country’s leading charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth and families involved in the child welfare system.

What We Do

We raise and grant funds and develop high-impact programs that are delivered in partnership with over 100 child- and youth-serving agencies across the country.

With the support of our donors and partners, we help children and youth involved with the child welfare system access the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.

Who we serve

Our History

In 1979, a group of Canadian philanthropists came together with a vision and a plan to ensure children and youth who had experienced abuse, neglect, and abandonment would have sustained access to the resources they need to heal, thrive, and succeed.

Their idea was to create a major endowment fund to guarantee ongoing support for the programs and services delivered by the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Canada’s largest child welfare agency.

The foundation created by this endowment fund soon became known as Children’s Aid Foundation. In 2017, we became a national charity known as Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada –– our country’s leading charity dedicated to serving children, youth, and families nationwide.

We now support young people in partnership with over 100 child- and youth-serving agencies across Canada, and our relationship with our founding partner –– Children’s Aid Society of Toronto –– remains strong.

Together with the generosity of our donors and supporters, we look forward to continuing to build a better, stronger Canada –– one child at a time.

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Our Vision

Our vision is a future where the children and youth we serve have the strength and resilience to create a lifetime of their own unstoppable successes.

Young People In Profile

Meet Jodene

Read Jodene's story

“I struggled with feeling different than everybody. I knew I had problems, and I felt like there was something wrong with me. I wondered why my life had to turn out the way it did and why everybody else’s seemed normal. They would go home to their family. They had moms, they had dads, and I didn’t have that because I didn’t grow up with my biological mom, and I grew up with my dad but he was absent. My biggest challenge was just feeling different and feeling like that wasn’t normal.”

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Ways to help

From donating to volunteering, learn more about the different ways you can help make a difference for children and youth in and from care.

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