Children's aid

Update on services during COVID-19 outbreak

Ontario continues to take decisive action to protect the health and safety of all people and families during the COVID-19 outbreak. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, some services will experience disruptions or delays. We appreciate your patience during this time as the situation continues to evolve.

All essential social services and government offices under the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services remain open.

Children’s aid societies continue to operate and provide services to children, youth and families. Societies are being encouraged to use technology where possible and appropriate, while also observing local public health recommendations. Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, youth in care who turn 18 or former youth in care who turn 21 will not age out of the supports and services they are currently receiving through children’s aid societies.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the safety of all Ontarians, stay at home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible.

Class Action on Behalf of Crown Wards

Were you a Crown ward at any time from the period January 1, 1966 until March 30, 2017? If so, you may be a class member in the class action which has now been certified by the court. The lawsuit seeks money (damages) and other benefits for class members.

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  • Class Members are automatically included in the class action, unless they take steps to exclude themselves (opt out) by March 11, 2018. If you want to stay in the class action, do not opt out.
  • If you opt out, you will not be part of the lawsuit and you will not be able to share in any money or any other benefit obtained for the class if the lawsuit is successful.
  • This lawsuit does not impact your ability to seek compensation now from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board or from any other person other than the Province of Ontario.
  • Please visit to get more information about this class action and your rights, or contact us at or
    1 (877) 739-8936.

Improving Ontario’s child protection services

Ontario is working to help children across the province reach their full potential by strengthening and modernizing children and youth services.

Children's Aid Societies

Children's aid societies

In Ontario, child protection services are provided by children's aid societies.

Foster parents providing care for a child

Foster care

Foster parents provide care for a child on behalf of a children's aid society.

child crying - child abuse and neglegation

Reporting child abuse and neglect

We all share a responsibility to protect children from harm.