Foster Care FAQs
Q. Why are foster parents always needed?
When children cannot remain with their parents or family, another caring family in their home community is the best placement for a child in need of protection.
Q. What are steps to becoming a foster parent?
- Contact us to get some basic information.
- A resource worker will arrange a meeting with you to collect more detailed information, explain the application and approval process and answer any questions you might have.
- Training – PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) is a provincial training program provided locally by our agency which usually involves 10 three-hour sessions over a three-month period.
- Home Assessment- SAFE stands for Structured Analysis Family Evaluation – which is a tool used to determine your eligibility, suitability and readiness to become a foster parent. It takes about 10 hours of meetings to complete.
- Approval – Once you have completed PRIDE and your home assessment (which can take place at the same time), your family is then considered for approval and open for a placement.
- Placement – once a match is made between you and a child in need of a foster home, we will make a placement with you.
Q. How does matching work?
Needs of each child are considered; their age and other factors and then we match on the skill, experience, nature and availability of your family to find the best match possible. Together we can make the right decision about whether the match would be a good fit.
Q. How long does it take from application to fostering?
It can take six months to one year (or longer) before placement depending on a variety of factors.
Q. What kind of kids will your family see?
The kids we serve are all different. Some have had to deal with issues of neglect and abuse, as well as the process of coming into care itself is often traumatic. Some children will have medical or developmental conditions that need to be addressed.
Q. How are foster parents reimbursed?
A daily rate based on the age and needs of the child in care. A variety of expenses are also paid for clothes, recreation and more.
Q. What is kinship care?
Kinship care refers to the care of children by relatives or in some jurisdictions, close family friends (often referred to as kin). Relatives are the preferred resource for children who must be removed from their birth parents because it maintains the children’s connections with their families.
Q. How can you help a child that you know?
There are two kinship programs available through the CAS. Both are designed to allow children to be placed in the care of people they know, often members of their extended family or members of the community. Kinship options are always explored for children in need of protection, prior to having a child placed in foster or group care situations.
- Kinship Service is typically the first and least intrusive option for children in that the child is not brought into care of the Society. Living with kin can make a difficult time easier for a child. Your home will be assessed as to whether your home environment and the people living in it can provide safe and competent care for a child.
- Kinship Care provides a familiar home for the child and is a good alternative to foster care for some children. In these situations, the Society becomes the child’s legal guardian and the prospective kinship care family would follow the same assessment/process as foster or adoptive caregiver applicants. Kinship care providers would also receive ongoing agency support while caring for the child.
Q. How do I get started?
If you or someone you know would like to provide a home for a child in the care and custody of the Society, please call the CAS at (519) 587-5437 or toll-free at 1-888-CAS-KIDS (227-5437).