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 emaila 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.