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How to become an adoptive or foster parent

In order to become an adoptive or foster parent, you will need to complete a standardized assessment (also called a home study) with our team to ensure qualifications are met. You will also need to attend or complete 30 hours of online training prior to being approved. The standardized assessment also includes obtaining references, completing a police record check and a medical report, as well as other documentation. When we are completing your assessment, we know that things that happened in your past may not define who you are today.

Support and training for adoptive and foster parents

Once you are approved, you are assigned a worker who directly supports you in your journey.  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.  Many other expenses are also covered such as clothing, and medical and dental costs.

If you are adopting, a subsidy may be available to assist in meeting the child or youth’s needs.

Mother and daughter

Why become an adoptive or foster parent?

People who do this really want to make a difference in the lives of children and youth in their community. They are people who value sharing their lives with a child or children and embrace putting children first.

Contact Us

We are currently accepting applications for foster parents who can foster babies as there is an urgent need in Guelph & Wellington County.

For more information about adoption or fostering with Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County, please call 519-824-2410 or 1-800-265-8300, or email us at

Please note, that we will not be accepting applications for adoption of children 0-10 as we currently have many approved families looking to adopt in this age range. We also do not accept applications from other Regions as we provide services for residents of Guelph and Wellington County. Please contact your local Children’s Aid to see what services they provide.

We are looking for adoptive applicants that are interested in adopting children older than 10 and for sibling groups for children that include children 10+.

Adoption and/or Fostering Application Form:

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