Foster Care Services
The CAS works diligently to help children remain in their families; however, when they cannot remain at home because of serious concerns about their safety and protection, they come into care. When placement with a member of the immediate or extended family or a member of the community is not possible, foster care is the best alternative.
There is always a need for more foster homes. Foster parents provide stability and a caring home for children in care of the CAS. They work with staff as part of a team. They may provide care for just a few days, a week, several months or possibly years.
Foster parents come from all walks of life and a variety of backgrounds. They may be young couples raising children of their own, experienced parents with grown children, or single people with or without training in child care or related professions. All have a genuine interest in children, a sense of community responsibility and enjoy the challenge presented by fostering.
The Society provides initial orientation and ongoing training, regular visits and support, access to other therapeutic services a child may require, and daily non-taxable reimbursement for the child’s living expenses and supplementary needs.
Foster to Adopt
Fostering a child with a view to adopt is another way to provide a permanent home for a child. Please contact the CAS for more information.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, or for more information about the process, evaluation and training to become a foster parent, please call the Society at (519) 587-5437 or toll free at 1-888-CAS-KIDS (227-5437).
When children cannot be cared for by their parents or guardians, the next best placement for them is within their extended family or their community network. The Society seeks extended family (kin) or members of the child’s community to provide safe, nurturing, alternate living arrangements for children and young people at risk of neglect or abuse. This reduces stress for children coming into care, maintains family and community ties and increases the likelihood of the child’s reunification with his/her primary family.
Kinship service is support provided for children not in CAS care, but who are living with kin as they are unable to remain with their family due to protection concerns. If you believe there is a situation where you could help as a kinship caregiver, please contact the Society. A screening process will be completed to assess your home environment and whether you, and those you live with, can provide care and a safe home environment for a child experiencing difficulty at home.
Kinship care is provided for children who are in the care of the Society and are placed with a member of their extended family or community member who may have a significant relationship with the child. These families are assessed the same as foster or adoptive caregiver applicants and are required to successfully complete a Home Study process, as well as attend training. Kinship care families receive ongoing agency support to assist them in caring for the child.
Customary care is part of the continuum of care options for Aboriginal children. It incorporates the unique traditions and customs of each First Nation. It is a traditional method of caring for children, premised on the belief that a child is a sacred gift from the Creator and as such is the collective responsibility of the community. Customary Care Agreements are used when protection concerns in a family require out-of-home placement.