Building a Stronger Community

2013/2014 Durham Children’s Aid Foundation



Durham Children's Aid Foundation is committed to bringing people and financial resources together to improve the quality of life for children and youth in Durham Region, and to help them reach their full potential.  Established in 2004 by the Durham Children's Aid Society, The Foundation is a wonderful objective, one that extends care and support to help make a difference in the lives of children and youth.

The Foundation assists children in need with a variety of programs which are not covered by government funding.  The support of our Community ensures that the Foundation is able to extend a helping hand to children in need, helping to break the cycle of abuse and neglect, and to foster the healthy development of youth into socially responsible adults.  Funds are dedicated to seven key areas, each providing help in different but essential ways.

  • Post-secondary Education Bursaries
  • Recreation, Enrichment and Skills Development (organized sports, music, after school activities)
  • Summer Camp Subsidies
  • Therapeutic and Counselling Group (for children and families)
  • Assistance for Youth living on their own
  • Special "Care Kits" (to help make the transition into care easier on the child)
  • Prevention and Early Detection Programs

Your support helps the Durham Children's Aid Foundation turn hope into reality, uncertainty into stability, challenge into triumph, and adversity into opportunity.

In 2013, a record 43 bursaries were presented to youth who are attending college or university.  That number has grown from just ONE bursary in 2004.  This growth is a testament to the determination of the youth who are assisted by DCAF to ensure their own future success.

DCAF also steps in to lend a helping hand with funding medical and dental care, when other alternatives have been exhausted or are simply not available.  With the support of community donors, DCAF sends over 600 children to some form of camp each year, providing them with incredible summer memories at a difficult time in their lives.