News

After-hours service changes

There are some changes coming to our after-hours service delivery. You will still be able reach us 24/7 at our regular number, and hopefully you won’t notice any dramatic changes when you do call. We are launching a joint pilot project with seven other Children’s Aid Societies to have all of our calls answered by […]

Black History Month Review

Black History Month Community Event: The Evolution of Racism in the Media On Monday, February 25 we were honoured to host our 4th annual Black History Month Community event: The Evolution of Racism in the Media. We would like to thank everyone who braved the snowy weather to join us for this important discussion. Issues […]

Introducing our LGBT2SQ+ Care Initiative

Durham CAS launches LGBT2SQ+ Care Initiative We are committed to supporting all children, youth and families, including those in our LGBT2SQ+ community. This includes supporting not only LGBT2SQ+ children and youth who may need a helping hand, but also as encouraging involvement from LGBT2SQ+ caregivers. We promote safe and inclusive communities, including providing a stable, […]

Foster parent info sessions

We have no information sessions currently scheduled, but if you have ever considered fostering, please contact us to learn more. Foster families provide a stable, supportive, temporary home for children at a time when parents and caregivers are facing challenges and working to provide a safe home. When placing a child in a foster home, we […]

AGM and Bursary Awards Night

The Durham Children’s Aid Society held its Annual General Meeting and Bursary Recognition event on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at the Society’s office. The evening included inspiring presentations to 43 student bursary recipients (organized by the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation) who are moving on to or completing their post-secondary education.  Congratulations to all of our […]

Enhanced Foster Care Initiative

In July 2018, we introduced our Enhanced Foster Care Initiative to care for the most vulnerable children and youth in our care. If you have experience working with children or youth with behavioural, mental health or complex special needs, and are interested in providing full-time foster care — we need you! Under this program, foster parents […]

Youth Pride Durham 2018

Youth Pride Durham Embrace, engage and empower LGBTQ2S+ youth On May 27, community agencies came together to support LBGTQ+ youth, their family and allies with a free outdoor festival, Youth Pride Durham at the Durham CAS office. The event was the launch of Durham Pride Week and featured food, information from local organizations, glitter tattoos, […]

Services for 16 & 17 year olds

On June 1, 2017, Bill 89, the Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017 was passed by the Ontario Legislature. The Act includes repealing the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) and enacting the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 (CYFSA) in its place, once proclaimed. It also includes amendments to the CFSA while […]

Our adoption story: Andrea and John

Every child is precious, regardless of age or anything else. When John and I married we had already planned to become an adoptive family if we could, because there are these precious children already on this earth, one of whom we might be a family with. It took time, many months, for the phone call […]

Foster Parent Profile

In 1988, Bernie and Craig Birchall, and their three boys began fostering for Durham CAS. There have been many changes since then. Craig passed away in 1996, and the boys have grown up and moved out, but Bernie remains a dedicated foster parent, having cared for over 230 children…so far. Initially, Bernie wanted to care […]