Fostering Types and Placement
There are a number of ways in which you can foster. Typically, new foster parents start fostering within the “regular foster care” program. However, when you are going through the training and home study, your worker will assess your skills and strengths and may suggest an alternative foster care program.
Regular Foster Care
This is the most common fostering arrangement. You will provide a safe, stable and nurturing home environment for children and youth.
Parent Model foster families have the enhanced skills and experience necessary to meet the needs of adolescents. Foster parents in the Parent Model program foster in a Society owned home where they provide care for three youth. We provide a staff supported, family based environment for youth where they can work on lifeskills in order to prepare them for their permanent plan which includes returning home, living with extended family, or other arrangements.
Relief or Respite Care
Relief foster parents and families welcome foster children into their homes on an occasional basis. This provides the regular foster family, who care for the child on a fulltime basis, time away from care giving. Relief foster care is also available to families whose children are not in the care of the Children's Aid Society but needs this support. These placements are usually for a matter of days and may appeal to those families wishing to consider fostering part-time.
Customary care relates to the care of First Nations/Aboriginal children. Customary care is alternate care provided to aboriginal children by the aboriginal community. These arrangements allow children and youth to keep important cultural and family ties.
Kinship care occurs when children and youth are cared for by members of their immediate or extended family, family friend or someone in their community. The care provided is similar to regular foster care.