Becoming a foster parent

THE SEVEN STEPS TO FOSTERING

One

Sign-up for an information session

Step one is a basic introduction to our Foster Care Program – and your chance to ask any questions about becoming a foster parent. The information session is a zero-commitment session and your first step in finding out if foster care is right for you. To be eligible to attend your first information session, you will complete a pre-screening questionnaire to determine whether you meet some basic requirements.  

Two

SCREENING INTERVIEW & APPLICATION BEGINS 

A foster care screener will meet with you to discuss your motivation for becoming a foster parent. A Child Intervention Check will also be done. If applicable, we'll start your Application Package.

Three

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 currently offered online due to COVID-19.

Four

COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION

There are a few more documents to submit as part of our Application Package, but don't be daunted – we will support you to complete your application. At this step, you will need to supply a criminal record check and personal and medical references, among other documents.

Five

COMPLETE A HOME STUDY

A home study writer will contact you to complete a home study assessment. The assessment will include three to four appointments to meet with your family about your family history, relationships, and attitudes. 

Six

LICENSING

Children's Services makes the final recommendation towards licensing and placement. If deemed appropriate, they will assign you a foster home license.

Seven

MENTORING & MATCHING

You will have the opportunity to be matched with a mentor: a seasoned foster parent who will provide guidance and support throughout your first year.

A child will also be matched to your home – and your journey as a foster parent begins.

*Disclaimer: Foster Calgary evaluates each prospective foster home on a case-by-case basis. Each step outlined above is part of a vetting process, and it is not guaranteed that every applicant will be eligible to foster a child and complete all seven steps.