Being a Foster Parent

Foster parents may be:

  • Single adults, married couples, common-law couples, and same-sex partners
  • Families just beginning to raise their own children
  • ‘Empty-nesters’
  • Experienced parents or people who have never had children
  • Adults who have professional skills or special childcare training
  • Stay-at-home adults or those working outside the home

Responsibilities of a Foster Parent

  • Provide a safe, secure, and nurturing home for children coming into the temporary care of
  • Children’s Aid Society while the child’s parents work to resolve issues
  • Help children maintain a relationship with their parents and people who are important to the child
  • Support children and help them stay connected to their community, school, and family
  • Participate in planning for their care

Support for Foster Parents

  • Assigned a Foster Care Support Worker who develops a personalized learning plan for your ongoing training and support
  • Receive peer support through the Foster Parent Association
  • Health and dental coverage provided by Children’s Aid Society
  • Relief coverage
  • Daily, non-taxable reimbursement to assist with the cost of food, clothing, shelter, and other living expenses for the children placed in your home

Assessing Foster Parents

  • Police background and child welfare checks for all adults living in your home to ensure no history of child abuse or neglect
  • Home visits by a Children’s Aid Society worker
  • Proof of ability to provide a safe, supportive, and secure living environment for children, including stable family income
  • References from people who know you
  • Medical examination and reference from your doctor for everyone living in your home