Covid-19 Response Program Report. [Canada]
Children's Aid Foundation of Canada.
Technical Report International Resource
Published: August 2021
This brief summarizes actions taken by the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, including the creation of the COVID-19 Response Program to help youth who have transitioned out of the child welfare system address financial, emergency, and other needs being experienced as a result of the global outbreak. In August 2020, the program expanded to also support children and families being served by agency partners. The brief explains the program was rolled-out in two phases: Phase 1, the COVID-19 Youth Support Fund, involved administering direct grants to former youth in care to help support their emergency needs such as housing costs, food and household supplies, mental health supports, technology support for e-learning and more; and Phase 2 that implemented the Child and Family Support Fund and the Support Fund for Former Youth in Care that provided funds to child and youth-serving organizations and agencies. Accomplishments of the program include: 37,677 people were reached, including 7,227 families and 5,596 former youth in care; 71 child, youth, and family serving organizations were supported; 15 indigenous-led organizations were supported with 22 grants in total directed towards serving indigenous communities; and 31 grants were directed towards agencies serving Black communities.
COVID-19; Canada; Disaster response; Foster adolescents; Aging out; Youth services