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.