Every year the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation receives a number of critical requests that are beyond the scope of services provided by child welfare services.
These requests are made by child and youth workers but are not paid out to the Durham Children’s Aid Society, they are paid to the vendors/schools directly.
Examples of these types of requests:
- crisis intervention counselling for a youth/family members who have suffered significant trauma
- emergency financial support for food, urgent dental care and clothing from families and youth in transition (those over 16 years of old and transitioning out of care from the child welfare funding)
- emergency support for youth living on their own
- rehabilitative and recreational activities (e.g. art therapy)
- other financial support for special family needs – (e.g. funding for family outings and recreational activities)
Special ‘Care Kits’ to help make the transitions into care of the Durham CAS a little easier for children. These kits give children some items to help them in the event a transition is required – perhaps a pair of pajamas, a toy or book, some personal care products and a knapsack or duffle bag to carry it all in. The kits may seem like a small gesture, but it is something for the children to call their own, and something they can carry their belongings in. They deserve so much more than a garbage bag.
In partnership with popular clothing retailers and the Peel Children’s Aid Foundation, DCAF receives new clothing items for the children, youth and families being supported. DCAF manages the coordination of the clothing delivery, recruits volunteers to set up the “pop up store” and also on hand to manage the actual clothing giveaway.