Becoming a foster parent

THE SEVEN STEPS TO FOSTERING

One

Sign-up for an information session

This is a basic introduction to our Foster Care Program – and your chance to ask any questions about becoming a foster parent. This is a zero-commitment session and your first step in finding out if foster care is right for you.

Two

Have a screening interview

A foster care screener will visit you to assess the safety of your home and make sure there are no barriers to you becoming a foster parent. A Child Intervention Check will also be done at this time alongside the Preliminary Safety Assessment.

Three

Get Caregiver training

You’ll do a total of 24 hours of specialized training around relevant issues in fostering including Trauma-Informed Care. This Orientation to Caregiver Training is offered over four full days back-to-back, or as an intensive course over two weekends.

Four

Complete your application

There are a few documents to submit, but don’t be daunted by our Application Package– we will support you during its completion. You will need to supply a criminal record check and personal and medical references, among other documents.

Five

Chat with a social worker in your home

A social worker will arrange for two to three appointments to see your home, meet with your family and chat with you about your family history, relationships, and attitudes. At the end of this Home Assessment, you’ll find out whether you can foster.

Six

Licensing

Once the Home Assessment Report has been received, it will be assigned to a Licensing Officer who will issue a license. In many cases, this licensing officer will likely be your Foster Care Support Worker too.

Seven

Matching and placement - meet your new foster child

A child who is right for the ability, experience, and comfort level of you and your family will be matched to your home – and your journey as a foster parent begins.