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Building Bridges

Building Bridges is our annual report on our work with the Black community. The event is open to everyone.

In collaboration with our Community Advisory Council, we share with interested community members what Durham Children’s Aid Society is doing to counter and address the over representation and disparities that Black families experience when interacting with child welfare and other reporting systems.

Building Bridges 2022 – The Spirit of Sankofa
On May 12, Durham Children’s Aid Society (Durham CAS) staff, community partners and community members came together for Building Bridges 2022. Held in collaboration with the Community Advisory Council, Durham CAS shared updates about the programs and services offered by the agency to support Black children, youth and their families, the work being done to address the overrepresentation and service disparities facing Black children and youth in care, and the culturally specific educational initiatives being undertaken within the agency and throughout Durham Region.

To view the video presentation, click here.

Did you know?

  • In 2018, eight of the 27 Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario had an over-representation of Black children admitted into care.
  • Within Durham Region, 11 per cent of the population identifies as Black, however, in 2021, 14.8 per cent of children in the care of DCAS were Black.

For more information or if you have some additional comments, please contact Karen Saunders at

See below for resources and related documents from each of our past Building Bridges consultations.