How do I becomeÂ an AdoptiveÂ Parent and a Foster Parent?
We work with you to complete a standardized assessment (also called a homestudy).Â You also need to attend 30 hours of training prior to being approved.Â The standardized assessment also includes obtaining references, completing a police record check and a medical report.Â When we are completing your assessment, we take into consideration that your past may not define who you are today.
Why become an AdoptiveÂ ParentÂ or FosterÂ Parent?
People who do this really want to make a difference in the life of a child and their community. They are people who value sharing their lives with a child or children and embrace putting children first.
Â What support and training is available after you are approved as an Adoptive Parent or Foster Parent?
Once you are approved, you are assigned a worker who directly supports you in your journey.Â This worker will support your family when you have a placement and will let you know about any training that might be available.
If you are fostering a child, you will receive a daily, non-taxable reimbursement for the living expenses of each child or youth placed in your home.Â Many other expenses are also covered such as clothing, medical and dental costs, school supplies and recreation fees.
If you are adopting, a subsidy may be available to assist in meeting the child or youth’sÂ needs.
For more information aboutÂ Adoption or Fostering and Family and Childrenâs Services of Guelph and Wellington County, please call 519-824-2410 or 1-800-265-8300.
To explore your interest in adopting or fostering, please fill out our online application below.Â Once we receive your application, we will connect with you about the next steps.