About Fostering and Procedure

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 provide more than a home - they create hope during a critical stage of development.

WHO can foster

You can foster if you:

  • are over the age of 18 ;
  • are single, married, living in a common law or same sex relationship ;
  • are financially self-sufficient ;
  • have no criminal record or charges pending ;
  • are working, retired or at home ;
  • have stable family and personal relationships, including being with/without a partner for at least two (2) years ;
  • have consent from all immediate family members ;
  • have healthy individual and family relationships ; 
  • are a caring person with a stable lifestyle ; and
  • have the space in your life and home.

If you are interested in learning more about fostering, call (613) 742-1620 ext 1.

GETTING Started

Your first step in the fostering process is attending an information session. These sessions are conducted on an individual basis and are designed to educate you on the process of becoming a foster parent. To book your information session, please call 613.742.1620.

APPLICATION Package

After attending your information session, you will be given an application package that you must complete and return to the Society. This package will indicate your desire to foster children and/or youth and provide us with the details of your fostering preferences.

HOME Study

All foster homes must undergo the SA.F.E. Home Study - Structured Analysis Family Evaluation. This evaluation assessed your willingness and capabilities to become a foster parent and relates these capacities with the needs of future children placed in your home. This study is ultimately designed to evaluate families for foster care approval and invites applicants to examine their own beliefs, values, and feelings in relation to fostering.

PRIDE Training

P.R.I.D.E. Training (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) is a mandatory, standardized, competency-based training offered to all prospective foster parents in Ontario. It is a 27-hour series of training and provides an informative, thought-provoking look at fostering. 

 

If you have any more questions about fostering, call us at 613.742.1620.