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About Fostering

This page is specific to fostering.  Alternatively, you can find information on adoption or fostering and adopting.

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We are seeking foster parents, who live in Guelph and Wellington County, for children and teens of all ages who are from our community.

As members of the Guelph and Wellington County community, we all play an important role in supporting and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the children and youth within our community. 

We currently have a number of children, teens, and siblings from diverse backgrounds (including Black, Indigenous, and 2SLGBTQ+ communities) who are in need of diverse foster parents that can provide stable, supportive, and nurturing homes and environments.

Foster parents have a significant impact on the lives of the children, teens, and families we work with. Being around supportive families and community members is the best way for children and teens to receive the love and care they need to grow into healthy adults.

Teenagers have the opportunity to thrive when they are placed in the right environment, where they have the love and support they need. Being a foster parent can be an incredibly rewarding experience that deeply impacts the lives of teens and foster parents alike.

Rest assured, all foster parents are provided strong support throughout their entire foster care journey, including training opportunities, an assigned foster care support worker, one-to-one support, individualized wellness support, and financial compensation.

Foster parents and FCSGW staff work together to support the healthy growth and development of each child or youth. Foster parents play an important role in the daily life of each foster child or youth, and the goal of everyone involved is for the child to return to their own family. If that cannot happen, foster parents provide support to their foster children as FCSGW searches for a permanent home.

Learn how you can make a positive difference in a child or teenager’s life – Apply to Become a Foster Parent today!

Foster families are:

• Caring families who can give children and youth stability, warmth, understanding, consistency, and structure

• Families who want to reach out to children and youth in need from their community, or from their extended family

• Families who can meet the special needs of children and youth

• Families who will enjoy the challenges and rewards of foster family care

• Families who are willing to work with F&CS and the child’s family with the goal of the child returning home or to another permanent home

Our foster parents can be:

• People who want to parent

• Single people

• Couples

• People from different religious backgrounds

• People from all cultural backgrounds

• Experienced parents with grown children

• Parents who are raising their own children

• Same-sex couples

• Common-law couples

Each foster child is unique

Foster children range in age from newborn to young adulthood. Many foster children are teenagers and many are brothers and sisters waiting to be placed in a foster home together. They come from diverse backgrounds and have had many experiences, challenges, and successes. FCSGW ensures that children and youth are placed in foster homes where their unique needs can be met.

What does it take to become a foster parent?

Ready to become a foster parent?

Foster families go through a detailed and standardized application and screening process and are required to attend training prior to becoming an approved foster home. Once they are approved, they can count on ongoing support from an FCSGW worker and will receive financial assistance when a child or youth is placed in their home.

If you think you’re ready to become a foster parent, here’s how:

  1. Fill out an online application
  2. Come to an info session
  3. Attend training
  4. Meet with a Foster Worker to perform a home study.

To learn more or to register for an Information Session, call or email a Foster & Adopt worker at 519-824-2410 or

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