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Getting Started


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In the video below recruitment workers and families explain the process
involved in getting started on the road to fostering a child.

Step 1:  Phone or email a member of the Foster Parent Recruitment Team to gather more information about fostering.  A Recruitment Worker will send you a Foster Information Package and invite you to a Foster Parent Information Night.  This will assist you in deciding if fostering is suitable for you and your family.

Step 2:  Foster Parent Preparation Training (Parent Resources for Information, Development & Education - PRIDE) is Ontario’s standardized training for foster and adoptive applicants.  Training is usually held one evening/week for 9 weeks.

Step 3: Foster Homestudy (Structured Assessment Family Evaluation - SAFE) is Ontario’s standardized homestudy for foster and adoptive applicants.  The written homestudy involves 4-6 home visits from a recruitment worker, along with supporting documentation. 

Step 4: Welcome Aboard! Once you become a foster parent,you will be assigned a Resource Worker who will be your support worker.  A child will be placed in your home that is a mutually suitable match.  There is on-going support and training available to assist you in your fostering career.

“Today that child was safe........today that child had you” – Tracy, foster parent.

For more information about becoming a foster parent, send us an email foster.adoption@facswaterloo.org

Or, call 519-576-0540 and ask for a Foster Parent Recruitment Worker.  We would be happy to answer any questions you may have!
 
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