Business Number: 854260940RR0001


Durham Children's Aid Foundation (DCAF) is committed to bringing people and financial resources together to improve the quality of life for children and youth, and to help them reach their full potential

About DCAF

Durham Children’s Aid Foundation was established in 2004 and is a registered charity with an active Board of Directors that supports children, youth and families associated with the Durham Children’s Aid Society.

The Durham Children’s Aid Foundation is able to extend a helping hand to those children and youth in need, to help break the cycle of abuse and neglect and to foster the healthy development of children/youth into socially responsible adults.  The areas supported by the Foundation are essential services that are not covered by government funding.

Programs include:  Holiday Hope, Post-Secondary Bursaries, Urgent Care Requests, Camping and many others.


No Child Shall Be Left Behind

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What People Are Saying

"Our CAS worker has been the most amazing source of support and assistance… she stands out as the one who really made us feel as though she was truly invested in our family and truly cares about us all. "

— Family Coping with COVID-19

"There is a certain feeling you get when someone you have no idea existed, steps up and blesses you with the opportunity to help change lives for the better. You could say I had that ten-fold when I found out I was receiving the bursary provided by DCAF. "

— Bursary Recipient

"We are blessed to receive a delivery of food while being quarantined at home, we are so grateful. Both parents not working, and being so uncertain about how we will manage, this was a huge help to our family. We cannot say enough about the support we have received during this very difficult time. "

— Family During COVID-19

"Understanding a very unique situation with our children during learning from home, DCAF advocated for a laptop for our son to be able to do his school work and the fact that CAS was able to provide that to our family, is a blessing we never expected. "

— E-learning made accessible for family

"It feels as if you have believed in me my whole life, which feels amazing. I cannot begin to express to you how grateful I am for receiving this and I cannot wait to put it into use and begin to empower kids of all ages. "

— Bursary Recipient

"We are so grateful for the support, I don't think anyone could understand, and we do not have enough words to thank you. DCAF for your support. "

— Recipient of Food Hamper

"I would like to formally thank you for blessing me with this bursary as it not only will help fuel my college studies, but it will allow me to take some of the financial burden away and really let me focus on what I need to do to help change lives for the better. "

— Bursary Recipient

"Thank you again for such a beautiful act of generosity, selflessness and love. "

— Scholarship Recipient

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