The Need

The Durham Children’s Aid Foundation raises funds through various programs and events. The money raised benefits children and youth involved with Durham Children’s Aid Society.

Communities throughout Durham Region have enabled DCAF to extend an essential helping hand to children and youth in need, helping to break the cycle of abuse and neglect, and to foster the healthy development of youth into socially responsible adults.

The areas supported by DCAF are necessary services that are not covered by government funding. These programs include:

  • Post-secondary education bursaries for youth in care.
  • Recreation, enrichment and skill development programs such as organized sports, music lessons, after school activities and school trips.
  • Summer camp subsidies.
  • Mental Health & Wellness such as funding for therapeutic and counselling groups for children and families, to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect before they happen and for crisis intervention and assessment.
  • Holiday Hope– providing holiday gift hampers for children/youth across Durham region.