Who is your Children’s Aid?

Your Children’s Aid believes that children are the future and deserve to grow up in a loving and caring environment.

While child protection is everyone’s responsibility, Ontario's Children’s Aid has the very important, legal responsibility to keep children safe throughout the province. It is our job to protect children from abuse and neglect and help parents and caregivers build healthy families so that children and youth have a safe, nurturing place to grow up. But we can’t do this alone. We rely on the help of the public to keep our children safe and protect them from harm.

Children's Aid is legislated, under the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA), to:

  1. Investigate allegations of abuse and neglect
  2. Protect children where necessary, provide guidance, counseling and other services to families for protecting children and for the prevention of circumstances requiring the protection of children;
  3. Provide care or supervision for children assigned to its care; and
  4. Place children for adoption.

Last year, Children’s Aid received more than 171,118 referrals about possible abuse and neglect of children and youth.

There are 46 Children's Aid Societies that provide services to diverse groups across Ontario, including Francophone and Aboriginal communities. Each community has unique needs that are met by our well-trained and highly skilled team of child welfare experts.

We believe in the inherent strength of families, so whenever possible, we will work with families to keep children safe at home. When children cannot be cared for safely by relatives, we offer a variety of substitute care programs, including foster care and adoption of Crown wards (permanent wards of the province).

Each child is unique and may have different needs, but every one of them deserve to grow up in a loving and caring environment.


OACAS is a membership organization representing Children's Aid Societies in Ontario. The Association has served its members, the community, the public and the government in a variety of ways since 1912. The Association is funded through membership fees, government grants and other revenue producing activities and is governed by a Board of Directors. OACAS provides system support to its member societies to assist and enhance their role in the community. Today, OACAS provides service in the areas of advocacy, government relations, communications, youth in care, information management, education and training and member outreach.

For more information about the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, visit www.oacas.org or call 416-987-7725.

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