The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa strives to keep families together in their own homes. However, in situations where that is not possible, we turn first to a relative, extended family member, or a member of the child’s community. Foster care is a temporary support for children and youth who for one reason or another, cannot remain in their own family home. 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 and youth provide more than a home – they create hope during a critical stage of development.
Who can foster:
- Individuals who are single, married, living in a common law or same sex relationship
- Individuals who are working, retired or at home
- Individuals who will support and foster a child or youth’s identity and culture (i.e. children who identify with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, Black and other racialized communities)
We are currently looking for:
- Homes that have the ability to accept a child who has been exposed to COVID-19;
- Homes that have the ability to accept a child who has tested positive for COVID-19;
- Homes for all age groups;
- Homes for siblings;
- Homes for adolescents; and,
- Homes that identify with the following cultures and communities: Indigenous, Black and racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+, and/or French language
- Attend a group information session: These sessions are designed to inform you on the process of becoming a foster parent. For more information about our group information sessions, click here.
- Attend an individual session: Following the group information session, individual meetings will be scheduled for those interested in knowing more about fostering.
- Application eligibility: Following the information sessions, if you meet all the requirements and no barriers have been identified, you will be provided with an application package.
- Application package: You must complete the application package and return it to The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa. This package will indicate your desire to foster children and youth and provide our team with details about your fostering preferences.
- Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (S.A.F.E.) Home Study: This is a comprehensive set of assessment tools to determine your eligibility, suitability and readiness to become a foster parent. All prospective foster homes must undergo the S.A.F.E. Home Study.
- Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Training: This is a mandatory provincial training program offered to all prospective foster parents in Ontario. It is a 27-hour series of training delivered over a three-month period and provides an informative, thought-provoking look at fostering.