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Recreation Enrichment & Skills Development

Most of us have fond memories of playing ball with our parents, learning how to ride a bike, going to concerts, having mom cheer us on at a soccer game, or having dad videotape us at a dance performance.   Children who have suffered from abuse and neglect may not have these memories. Not only are they missing the memories, they also never learned the important skills that come with those activities.   This is why DCAF is committed to provide programs that support recreation enrichment and wellness opportunities. DCAF provides support for recreation, enrichment and skill development programs such as organized sports, art/music lessons, after school activities and school trips.   Additional programs include a supportive and encouraging approach to the development of essential Life Skills which include:  Cooking, Mentoring and Financial Literacy.

Mentoring Program

DCAF with the support of the RBC Foundation provides a Mentoring Program for youth. One-to-one mentoring is provided as they transition out-of-care and/or begin their post-secondary education. During these often difficult years, youth are able to consult with adult mentors who can provide encouragement and guidance. DCAF facilitates the process to recruit, train and support up to 20 adult mentors. Mentors support a selected cohort of crown wards aged 15-18 years old in DCAS care. Mentors connect with youth a few times each month. Mentorships are based on a two year commitment. Workshops and other activities are also supported as well by DCAF. For more information about becoming a mentor contact our Executive Director.

Community Partnerships

DCAF works with Durham area community based organizations (e.g. Their Opportunity) and local municipal recreation programs to provide enriching and life changing recreational based opportunities.

How you can assist

With your support, DCAF is working to let children be children. Your donation will truly make a difference in the life of a child who would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience the benefits of community based sports, art/music and other extra-curricular programs. Help by Giving Hope with a monthly contribution through Support Today You can ensure that Recreation Enrichment and Skills Development opportunities are available.

Durham Children's Aid Foundation is committed to bringing people and financial resources together to improve the quality of life for children and youth, and to help them reach their full potential.

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By supporting the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation (DCAF) you can help turn hope into reality, challenge into triumph and adversity into opportunity for over 2500 children, youth and their families.

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Durham Children’s Aid Foundations is pleased to acknowledge the commitment and ongoing support of our Innovators, Champions, Partners, Mentors and Donors who help to ensure that No Child Shall Be Left Behind.