Foster parents provide a vital service to our communities, creating a safe environment for children and youth to grow and learn. Those who care for foster children provide more than a home - they create hope in a child's life during a critical stage of development, helping them grow into healthy, well-adjusted individuals.
Can you Foster?
You can foster if you:
- are over the age of 18
- are single, married, living in a common law or same sex relationship
- working, retired or at home
- are a caring person with a stable lifestyle
- have the space in your life and home
If you are interested in learning more about fostering, call (613) 742-1620 ext 1.
An information session will be your first step into the fostering process. These sessions are conducted on an individual basis and are designed to educate you on the process of becoming a foster parent.
Following the information session, an application package will be provided to you to complete and return to the Society. This package will indicate your desire to foster children and provide us with the details of your fostering preferences.
All foster home studies use a format called SAFE (Structured Analysis Family Evaluation). The SAFE HomeStudy is a mutual process that assesses your willingness and capabilities to become a fostering family and relate these to the needs of children placed in your home. The study is designed to evaluate families for foster care approval. SAFE stresses the importance of respectfully engaging families in a strength-based, mutual evaluation process.
It involves the discussion of important issues pertaining to parenting and invites applicants to examine their own beliefs, values and feelings. The home study process includes several interviews focusing on:
- family backgrounds
- motivation for fostering
- family relationships and dynamics
- financial circumstances
- experience with children
The process also assists the applicants to become aware of what fostering involves. A home safety checklist will also be completed and you’ll be asked to provide several character references as well as undergo current medical, child welfare and police checks on all adults in your home.
The PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) is a mandatory, standardized, competency-based training offered to all prospective foster parents throughout the province of Ontario.
The PRIDE curriculum provides an informative, thought-provoking look at fostering. A variety of subjects are covered during this training including:
- placement planning
- the significance of continuity in a child’s life
- connections to the child’s birth family and kin
- how children attach and experience loss