Child Welfare Facts and Figures
- In Ontario, there are 47 designated Children’s Aid Societies. 9 Children’s Aid Societies are Aboriginal agencies and three are religious (two Catholic and one Jewish).
- There are over 8,600 full-time equivalent staff in Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario.
- The highest number of referrals (in order) were from law enforcement, schools, other Children’s Aid Societies, self (mother/father/child), and community caregiver/professionals.
- The top five reasons for children and families becoming involved with Children’s Aid (in order) are request for assistance, child exposure to partner violence, caregiver with a problem, physical force and/or maltreatment, and inadequate supervision.
- More than 171,600 calls and referrals were made, 80,813 of which required investigations.
- Of the investigations that were completed, 77% did not require further protection.
- Youth aged 16-18 are the highest represented age group in care.
- More than 36% of adoptions were by the foster family the child had been living with.
In fiscal year 2014-2015: