Thanks to the incredible support and tireless commitment of our donor community, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada recently announced the achievement of our $75 million Stand Up for Kids: Futures Transformed campaign goal — one year early!
With just over $80 million raised since 2019, we have been able to positively impact the lives of more than 119,100 children, youth and families involved with the child welfare system.
To celebrate this remarkable milestone, and the extension of our campaign goal to $100 million, we’re taking 75 days to highlight 75 moments of generosity and impact from the past four years. This is one of those moments – a year full of them, in fact!
Hand in hand with our growing community of supporters, partners, and champions, in 2022 Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada emerged from a global pandemic more determined than ever to co-create a future in which every child has every chance to thrive.
Here, we’re proud to share a look at some of the exciting work that took place over the past year with your support — including an innovative initiative that prevented more children in Toronto from entering government care, a new project that’s helping families prevent the reoccurrence of domestic violence, and so much more.
We invite you to read all of these stories and more in our full annual report for 2022–2023.
We reached more than 15,000 children, youth, and families across Canada in 2022-2023
With a remarkable $16 million raised in 2022–2023, we reached 15,102 children, youth, and families across Canada last year — more than half of whom identified as Black or Indigenous.
This incredible achievement would not have been possible without you. Thank you!
We helped strengthen 2,800 families to prevent more children from entering care
Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada recognizes the importance of supporting families with children at risk of entering care, knowing that strong and healthy families are vital to children’s development, mental health, and well-being.
In 2022–23, our programs and partnerships supported 2,800 children and families at risk, helping them access the essential resources they need to reduce the likelihood of children entering government care.
Journey to Zero pilot proves to keep families together
In late 2022, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto wrapped up the pilot phase of Journey to Zero — an ambitious project to create a future in which no child or youth grows up in care. The impact was profound: for 86% of families served by the intervention, children did not enter care. Read the full story.
Working together to keep kids safe at home
Recognizing that domestic violence has profound and long-lasting impacts on children who experience or witness it, the Foundation has launched an innovative new project called Safe at Home that aims to strengthen families experiencing intimate partner violence — and prevent violence from reoccurring. Read the full story.
We helped 8,366 children and youth in government care reach for a brighter future
Children and youth who have been placed in government care due to abuse and neglect are at high risk of adverse long-term outcomes.
In 2022–23, we helped 8,366 children and youth in care access resources that provide them with a sense of stability and belonging, fuel their interests and passions, and keep them in school.
Taking big steps toward a brighter future
In 2021, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada launched Big Steps to Success, an innovative new mentorship program designed to help young people in care achieve success in school. Last year, 48 matches were made — and of the mentees who passed the one-year mark, 100% reported feeling more engaged with their schoolwork and school community. Read the full story.
Helping young people find their spark
Last year, 336 young people across Canada received support from the Ignite the Spark Fund — a unique initiative that helps young people enroll in life-enriching activities in sports, arts, and recreation. The Ignite the Spark Fund has a powerful impact on its recipients: 99% of children and youth report increased self-confidence, self-esteem, and sense of identity after just three to six months of participation in the activity of their choice. Read the full story.
We helped 3,936 youth transitioning out of care build a future of their own making
Without the support of a family, stable employment, an education, or a support network, too many young people transitioning out of the child welfare system are able to find the stability they need to build successful, happy lives.
In 2022–23, we helped 3,936 former youth in care access the resources they need to further their education, find fulfilling employment, build resilience, and thrive.
Helping young people find their way home
In 2022, the Foundation launched the National Housing Program for Youth Leaving Care in response to the growing crisis of homelessness among young people impacted by the child welfare system. Since its launch, 128 young people in Vancouver and Winnipeg have been supported by the program. Read the full story.
Working hand in hand to address the youth mental health crisis
In 2021, we launched the National Youth Mental Health Fund to help break down barriers to mental health supports for young people leaving care. To date, 416 young people across Canada have received support through the Fund — and of those supported, an incredible 98.2% reported that their mental health has improved. Read the full story.
You can read all of these stories and more in our full annual report for 2022–2023, including:
- A celebration of the incredible campaigns and fundraisers that our community participated in this year
- A Q&A with Sarah Kothlow, a member of the Foundation’s Young People’s Advisory Council
- A look at Something in Common, the children’s e-book we released in partnership with The Wiggles in 2022
- And even more!