Historically speaking, the initial fund assisted with supports for children and youth. As some of the essential needs were not covered by government funding. However, the need for programs and services grew considerably over the years. As the Durham Children’s Aid Society celebrated one hundred years of service and prepared to move into the next century, the Board of Directors undertook the initiative to create a separate Foundation. As a result, in June 2004 history began as the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation became an official registered charitable Foundation. More over, the Foundation would finance the growing needs of non-government funded support for programs and services. In conclusion, these programs and services would support children and youth living in vulnerable family situations.
Today the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation (DCAF) supports over 4200 children, youth and their families throughout Durham region. DCAF supports a variety of essential programs for children and youth.