Facts and Figures

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Child Welfare Facts and Figures

  • In Ontario, there are 50 designated Children’s Aid Societies. Thirteen are Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being agencies and three are faith-based (two Catholic and one Jewish).

In the fiscal year 2020-2021*:

  • On a monthly average, there were almost 8,700 children and youth in care.
  • A little more than half (51%) of those in care or receiving supports were youth aged 16-20+ (as of the end of the fiscal year).
  • There was over 7,400 full-time equivalent staff.
  • More than 113,000 calls and referrals were made. Approximately 63,000 of these required a full child protection investigation.
    • The rest of these referrals did not require a full investigation and/or were referred to services available in the community.
  • Of the investigations that were completed, 83% did not require further protection.

* These numbers were reported from 38 non-Indigenous member agencies. They are derived from the Q4 2020-2021 Ministry Quarterly Reports (as of October 29, 2021).

The most current provincial numbers, from fiscal year 2014-2015:

  • 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 36% of adoptions were by the foster family the child had been living with.

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