WHAT WE DO

We believe that all children deserve an equal chance at becoming who they want to be.

OUR MISSION is to support children and youth in child welfare by funding initiatives in educational, enrichment, and essential needs.

OUR VISION is to inspire and empower children and youth in child welfare by helping them develop resilience, create life-long memories, and increase their overall well-being. 

Growing up in the child welfare system means that these kids often have to care for themselves and their parents rather than focusing on just being kids. No matter the hardships, challenges, or setbacks that life throws at them, children and youth in child welfare system deserve a chance to:

» Create positive childhood memories

 » Feel empowered and confident

» Become successful and resilient adults

You can help them take back their childhood and give them the confidence they need to succeed in life.

AREAS OF FOCUS

Education

Education truly is the key to one’s success. Part of our mission is to help make educational success a reality for children and youth in the child welfare system.

Cookie Jar

The majority of the work CAS Ottawa does is with children and youth living at home; however, there are few resources available to support these families. That’s where the Cookie Jar comes in.

Youth Transition

Entering foster care and leaving foster care are two stressful times in a child’s life. Our Foundation tries to make them as comfortable and prepared as possible to tackle these momentous life changes.

Enrichment

For some families, summertime and the holiday season are not happy times. Camp for Kids and the Holiday Gift Program exist to try and change that.

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Education

Education truly is the key to one’s success. Part of our mission is to help make educational success a reality for children and youth in the child welfare system.

Learn More

Cookie Jar

The majority of the work CAS Ottawa does is with children and youth living at home; however, there are few resources available to support these families. That’s where the Cookie Jar comes in.

Learn More

Youth Transition

Entering foster care and leaving foster care are two stressful times in a child’s life. Our Foundation tries to make them as comfortable and prepared as possible to tackle these momentous life changes.

Learn More

Enrichment

For some families, summertime and the holiday season are not happy times. Camp for Kids and the Holiday Gift Program exist to try and change that.

Learn More

Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa Youth

Children’s Aid Society youth speak of their childhood experiences and how the Society/Foundation has touched their lives.

Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa Youth

Children’s Aid Society youth speak of their childhood experiences and how the Society/Foundation has touched their lives.

Events

Our events help raise awareness and raise funds for kids in Ottawa. We’d love to see you there!

Events

Donate

You can make a difference today. Any gift that is meaningful to you, means the world to these kids.

Donate

Launch a Dream

Make a financial commitment to support kids in child welfare and help launch a dream.

DreamLauncher

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

ROB DE TONI

Chair

I saw first hand the effect of CAFO’s bursary program on disadvantaged youth and I firmly believe that higher education provides our youth with the opportunities they so richly deserve.

ANNA LYNCH

Vice Chair

Being able to provide a different view, experience, or opportunity to children who may not otherwise have the chance is the reason I joined and is the reason I’ll continue to participate.

JOHN HARALOVICH

Treasurer

I joined to help youth who need the support of others to achieve the same dreams and goals I had as a youth.

SHAIL PALIWAL

Secretary

The CAFO team and programs give disadvantaged youth in Ottawa a helping hand; being born and raised in Ottawa, I knew I wanted to support these efforts. I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve CAFO.

Directors

MICHAEL BEAUCAGE

Director

CASO has so many incredible projects helping at risk youth in our community. I want to do my part to help extend the reach of the hard working team at CAS.

LAURA-LEE BRENNEMAN

Director

I joined CAFO to lend my skills and view points to help vulnerable children and youth thrive. All children deserve the chance to realize their dreams and I am excited that I can be a small part of that.

DARLENE CARREAU

Director

As a mother, it is important to invest in and support all kids in our community to have opportunities, achieve their goals, and realize their potential.

JAYNA CARTER

Director

As a Manager at CASO, I see first-hand the positive differences the Foundation makes in the lives of children and youth in our community every day. 

DAN FALLON

Director

I joined CAFO because the people on the team believe in their mission. By helping just one child, outcomes can be changed across generations. CAFO makes Ottawa a better city.

SHELLEY JONES

Director

I believe that all children and youth deserve an equal opportunity to reach their full potential. CAFO’s educational initiatives such as the Dare to Dream Bursary help to make this happen, and I am honoured to support the CAFO team.

PHILIP LAPIN

Director

CAFO’s donors help brighten kids’ futures. By providing children with opportunities they may otherwise not have, we can positively impact their future and improve outcomes within their community. I want to be a part of that positive change.

JESSICA ROBSON

Director

Having two children, I cannot imagine them growing up in a world where they do not have everything they need to physically and emotionally thrive. I joined the board as a way to offer my time and community connections to help impact children and youth who do not have the same opportunities.

MAIRI THOMSON

Director

I want to help the kids in our community access more opportunities and have a better chance at building a good life. CAFO has so many pragmatic ways to help our Ottawa kids and as a board member, I know that my contribution will make someone’s life that much better.

DR. BARBARA VIRLEY

Director

As a clinical child psychologist, I wanted to support an organization that supports the holistic development of disadvantaged children and youth in our community – and especially their ability to pursue educational goals.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

With your support, children and youth in the child welfare system will receive opportunities that they deserve. Let them know that you care.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

With your support, children and youth in the child welfare system will receive opportunities that they deserve. Let them know that you care.

I Can Help
DONATE NOW