Facts and Figures

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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).

    In fiscal year 2014-2015:

  • 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.

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