Halton Children's Aid Society

"Study the past if you would define the future” ~Confucius


A Brief History of Child Welfare in the Halton Region

Child Welfare in Ontario has a very long history. Prior to 1874, children requiring services could receive help through either the criminal system or an apprenticeship (in exchange for the child’s labour), neither very appropriate by today’s standards.

In 1888, an Act for the Protection and Reformation of Neglected Children encouraged foster homes as alternatives to institutions. With this legislation in place, John Joseph Kelso helped found the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto in 1891. He then went on to advocate for the passage of a new Act for the Prevention of Cruelty to and Better Protection for Children.

In Halton, the founding meeting of the Board of Directors was held on February 15, 1914 in the Sunday School Room at Knox Presbyterian Church in Milton. Public school inspector J.M. Denyes was elected President.

In 1976, the name was officially changed to The Children’s Aid Society of the Regional Municipality of Halton – operating as the Halton Children’s Aid Society.

Superintendents/Executive Directors

1914 to 1919 – Charles W. Norton
1919 to 1929 – W. H. Stewart
1929 to 1960 – G. Frank Thompson
1960 to 1965 – J. Paul Jolliffe
1965 to 1976 – Dr. Gordon Askwith
1976 to 1998 – Ron Coupland
1998 to 1999 – Gail Vandermuelen (acting Executive Director)
1999 to 2006 – Roy Walsh
2006 to 2018 – Nancy MacGillivray
2018 to Present – Janice Robinson


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Contact Us

Burlington Office 1445 Norjohn Court Burlington, ON L7L 0E6
Milton Office 325 Main Street East Milton, ON L9T 1P5
Toll Free: 866.607.KIDS (5437) Phone: 905.333.4441 Fax: 905.333.1844 TTY: 711 (TTY to Voice)
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