Is Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada the Children’s Aid Society?
No. 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. Unlike child welfare agencies, like the Children’s Aid Society, we are not a government agency. We are not directly involved in child protection, or investigation or apprehension, nor are we involved in the policies, practices, or governance of child welfare agencies. The programs and services we fund are made possible through the generosity of our donors and supporters and are delivered in partnership with child- and youth-serving agencies across Canada. Learn more about the Foundation and our work.
How does Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada operate?
Since 1979, the Foundation has been strategically raising funds, providing grants, and developing programs that are delivered in partnership with child- and youth-serving agencies at a local, regional, and national level, with the objective of reaching young people involved with the child welfare system.
This work is supported by a growing list of Canada’s top philanthropists, corporations, business leaders, and government funding for specific programs.
How do you support overrepresented populations of children and youth, including Black and Indigenous young people and families?
Together with our partners, donors, and youth advisors, we are committed to developing and supporting targeted strategies that address the specific needs of Black, Indigenous, and other overrepresented populations of children, youth, and families involved with the child welfare system. Our goal is to help reduce the number of young people from these populations coming into and growing up in care.
We are committed to:
- Aligning the Foundation’s grants and programs with initiatives being delivered by our child welfare agency partners that specifically address the unique needs of Black and Indigenous children and youth.
- Co-designing new programs with select child welfare partners to specifically address the systemic issues that lead to the overrepresentation of targeted populations in child welfare.
- Engaging all Foundation stakeholders in ongoing education and learning to enhance knowledge and awareness of issues of social equity and justice.
- Developing advisory groups or committees to inform our strategies to address the underlying conditions that lead to overrepresentation of Black, Indigenous, and other populations of young people within the child welfare system.
Learn more about our commitment to supporting overrepresented populations of children and youth, as well as other Foundation priorities, in our Strategic Plan.