Foster families provide homes for children and youth who are unable to live with their own families. Depending on the circumstances, children and youth may need foster care for a few days, a few weeks, a few months, or longer.
Foster parents and F&CS staff work together to support the health 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 F&CS searches for a permanent home.
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
• 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 any diverse backgrounds and have had many experiences, challenges, and successes. F&Cs 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 F&CS 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:
- Fill out an online application
- Come to an info session (3rd Thursday of every month)
- Attend training
- 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 FosterandAdopt@fcsgw.org