Family Assistance Program supporting children and youth is one way the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation provides assistance. This fund supports over 4000 children, youth and their families. Families are struggling with anxiety, fear, uncertainty and stress due to limited financial support. As a result, families are experiencing reduced food supplies, a need for toys or gifts, protective masks and winter clothing. During COVID supporting children and youth is required as they are forced to spend additional time in vulnerable situations.
Due to a lack of engaging activities, the potential for physical and sexual abuse increases. Children and youth need to communicate with family members through accessible technology. Unfortunately family members are often living in separated situations. Therefore, it’s important for children to communicate with their friends, parents and extended family. In addition, front-line workers require access through reliable communication to assist and encourage families. The use of technology is also required for online learning. Youth preparing for post-secondary school require reliable access to technology (i.e. laptop, WIFI).
The Family Assistance Program supporting children and youth is a necessity. Children and youth are not benefiting from after-school programs and community services. With distancing restrictions in place, the pressure is a major concern. Families are trying to deal with the negative impacts of the pandemic. Children and youth are experiencing the negative effects of social isolation and the lack of active opportunities. Children and youth need an opportunity to experience and enjoy leisure activities. With less daylight hours and colder temperatures, outdoor play is now becoming more limited.
Impact of Your Donation
DCAF requires your generous donation to provide essential support for front line assistance.
Your monthly donation of $50 helps provide much needed food.
$75 – $100 donations assist with expenses to keep homes safe and comfortable during this time of uncertainty.
Donation of $250 helps support an active/virtual activity for a child or youth.
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