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We’re looking for special people

Being a foster parent isn’t for everyone. You need to be a special person. It can be a challenging role at times. It also takes time to go through the approval process. But if you want to make a difference in lives of deserving children, there’s no better way to get involved. The benefits of helping children in need speak for themselves.

 Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent

  1. Contact us. We’ll call you back to get some basic information.
  2. We contact you. Your inquiry is assigned to our resource worker. They will arrange a meeting with you to collect more detailed information, explain the application and approval process and answer any questions you might have.
  3. PRIDE and SAFE (which happen at the same time)
    • You take PRIDE. PRIDE stands for Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education. It is a provincial training program given locally by our Agency which usually involves 10 three-hour sessions over a three month period.
    • We conduct SAFE. SAFE stands for Structured Analysis Family Evaluation. It’s a comprehensive set of assessment tools to determine your eligibility, suitability and readiness to become a foster parent. It takes about 10 hours of meetings to complete.
  4. Approval. Once you have completed PRIDE and your home assessment your family is then consider an "approved" home which is open for placement. You will be assigned to a new resource worker who will support you on an on-going basis as you work with our Agency. 
  5. Placement. Once a match is made between you and a child in need of a foster home we will make a placement with you.

How does matching work?

We consider the needs of the child, their age and other factors and then match on the skill, experience, nature and availability of your family to find the best match possible.  We will discuss the child with you and share what information we have available so that together we can make the right decision about whether the match would be a good fit.

How long does it take from application to fostering?

It can take six months to one year (or longer) before placement depending on a variety of factors.

What kinds of kids will your family see?

The kids we serve are all different. There is no one way to define who they are or what they’re like. It will depend in part on their interest, experience and skills. Obviously, our children have had to deal with issues of neglect and abuse. As well, the process of coming into care itself is often traumatic. No two children cope with this in exactly the same way. As well, some children will have medical or developmental conditions that need to be addressed.

How are you reimbursed?

We use a daily rate based on the age of the child in care. We also pay a variety of expenses that the child needs for such things as clothes, recreation and more. 

 

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