Peel Children’s Aid protects children from abuse and neglect and helps parents and caregivers build healthy families. In addition to protecting children, which we do with the support of our Peel community, we also work with families who may be facing challenges such as poverty, unemployment, ill health, domestic violence, mental health issues, or caring for a child who has serious physical, emotional or developmental difficulties. Some families also just need parenting support.
The best way to deal with child abuse and neglect is to prevent it. If there is a concern – call us. We are here to help.
By working together with families we can often stop or change circumstances which may lead to a child being abused or neglected. We encourage families who need help to contact our agency before problems escalate so we can help you care for your children in a more positive way.
Where do we work?
Our work takes place in Peel Region. This means we serve the residents in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga, and the town of Caledon, in the province of Ontario, Canada.
What is our role?
Our agency provides counseling, teaching and support programs to help create safe and loving homes for children. We work with families to offer guidance and techniques for them to become better parents. We also work with community partners to ensure the families we work with have access to counseling and treatment programs specific to their needs.
Peel Children’s Aid workers receive phone calls from professionals (e.g. police officers, doctors, school teachers) and citizens who are concerned about the well-being of a child. We investigate these concerns and decide on a course of action. Visit protecting children to learn when to call us and what happens when you do.
While we believe that it its best for children to remain in their homes, in certain circumstances it is necessary to take children into our care to ensure their safety and best interests.
Children and teens who are unable to stay in their own home or have no parent or guardian available are placed in a temporary, safe and caring environment with kin, family friends or a foster caregiver. Many of the children who come to foster families have experienced some form of abuse or neglect and need a loving, stable environment to help them recover from their experience. See fostering on our website for more information about about the foster parent program and becoming a foster parent.
If youth 12 to 16 are not able to be cared for by a foster caregiver, the agency operates a residential home for youth in special circumstances. This home provides short term and long term residential care for youth who have a broad range of mental health needs, developmental challenges and behavioural needs.
Peel Children’s Aid also facilitates public adoptions for children whose birth family is unable to care for the child. See adopting on this site for more information about giving a child a new family.