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

OUR MISSION

We inspire our community to give so that everyone in child welfare is empowered to create their own success.

OUR VISION

A future where all families and children are resilient, thriving, and confident.

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.

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ANNUAL REPORTS

2019

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.

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Board of Directors

Executive Committee

ROB DE TONIChair
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 LYNCHVice 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 HARALOVICHTreasurer
I joined to help youth who need the support of others to achieve the same dreams and goals I had as a youth.
SHAIL PALIWALSecretary
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 BEAUCAGEDirector
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 BRENNEMANDirector
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 CARREAUDirector
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 CARTEREx-Officio
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.
JIM CARTYDirector
Following almost 15 years as a foster parent, I am once again honoured to be in a position to help brighten the lives of some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable children and youth who are supported by the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa and the Foundation.
CAROLE CHOUINARDDirector
I joined the board to be involved with an organization that provides opportunities for children and youth to explore their interests, develop their skills and talents, and become confident in their ability to overcome challenges to become responsible and resilient adults.
DAN FALLONDirector
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.
PHILIP LAPINDirector
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 ROBSONDirector
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 THOMSONDirector
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. BARB VIRLEYDirector
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.