Improving the lives of children

What we do

Help vulnerable children on the road to success


Help children heal

Trauma and mental health conditions makes a child vulnerable and at risk. Left untreated, the likelihood of difficulties into adulthood increases. We identify the sources of trauma and help a child cope and heal so they can look forward to a bright future.

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Build strong healthy relationships

Healthy relationships are essential to well-being. We help vulnerable children to develop and maintain healthy relationships within their families and and with their peers.

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Develop skills, build self-confidence

We want our children to be successful. Self-efficacy is the belief that the goals you set for yourself can and will be achieved through persistence and effort. Our goal is a successful child filled with self confidence and a sense of personal efficacy.

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Promote success in school

One of the strongest predictors of adult success and adjustment is success at school. By helping these children be more successful in school, we raise the likelihood of success later in life as well.


Nurture caregivers

Above all, children need a safe, nurturing environment within which to grow and develop. We work with parents and other caregivers to ensure they have the resources and skills to meet the needs of the children in their care.

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Meet needs

Many of the children and families we serve have limited resources and are living below the poverty line. We offer assistance in the form of a bed, transportation, recreational equipment, a hydro or gas bill.

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Who we are

The Children's Foundation has helped thousands of children since 1957


Improving lives by helping children and their families navigate complex challenges.


Communities in which each child has the opportunity for optimum growth and development, and each family is able to provide the best for its children.

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In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s there was a growing concern in the Vancouver area about the prevalence of children who were truant from school. A number of citizens and professionals started meeting to develop a response to the needs of these children. In 1957 they incorporated a charitable, non-profit society to help these children. Since that time, The Children’s Foundation has helped vulnerable children and their families to better lives through its many programs and services.

Our services

Our services are based on the best evidence available and informed by over fifty years of experience


We offer professional assessments by registered psychologists and pediatricians through our Heartwood House Child Assessment Team .

Kennedy House Assessment Centre is a residential receiving and assessment unit for children between the ages of 6 - 12 with complex needs.

Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics is a developmentally sensitive and trauma informed approach to clinical problem solving. We have twelve clinicians trained to conduct assessments using this model.

Day Programs

Alderwood Family Development Centre is a therapeutic school program for children ages 6 - 12 who have multiple complex needs including social and behavioural challenges.

The Education Transition Centre provides school aged children with a short term interim education opportunity while the most appropriate placement is identified within the Surrey school system.

Family Support

Families who benefit from a more intensive service are often referred to our Family Preservation service offered in the Surrey area.

Parents of children with autism and other complex needs may be eligible to receive Respite services.

Grandparents and other next of kin may receive support services through our Out of Care services.

Key Workers are available for parents of children with FASD.


We offer counselling services for families with children under the age of 12. For more information contact Cedarwood Family Counselling.

Parenting Courses

We want to ensure that all parents have the information they need to care for their children. To register contact our Communities Caring for Children program. We offer "Right from the Start", " Coping with Toddler Behaviour" and "Triple P Parenting".

Foster Care Support

Foster parents caring for children under 12 with complex needs may obtain a referral to the Family Care Support program.

Children who need a long-term stable placement may be suitable for our Thetis program.