BE A FOSTER PARENT
Our goal is to keep families together whenever possible. If that can’t happen, we turn first to extended family or someone who has an existing relationship with the child or youth. When families and their networks are not able to care for a child, foster parents play a crucial role in caring for and nurturing them until they can safely return home.
We currently have a drastic shortage of foster placements. Children and youth in foster care can range in age from 0-18 and may have siblings. Just like in our community, some children who need foster care have different abilities or accessibility needs. They come from all ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds and may identify as LGBTQ2S+ and we are looking for foster parents to embrace and even reflect this diversity. As an agency we acknowledge that racism, anti-black and anti-Indigenous racism, and social inequality negatively impact outcomes for children and youth. We are refocusing our work so that we see and serve every child in the context of their connections to family, culture, and community. Our goal is to offer culturally appropriate placements to the children in our community who need out of home care, and as such we will be especially pleased to accept applications from individuals who identify as Black, First Nations, Inuit or Metis due to the over-representation of Black and Indigenous children in the child welfare sector.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Our offices remain open to the community and we are taking inquiries and applications from people who want to learn more about becoming foster parents. The next Foster Parent training session will begin in October. Please reach out for more information!
Only available to individuals who live in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington