The process to become a foster family takes several months. It is an opportunity for all family members to participate in the decision. Here is a general outline of the six steps involved:
Speak to our Recruitment Team by calling 519-371-4453 or toll free at 1-855-322-4453.
Attend a foster family information session and receive your application package.
Complete and return your application
Your application is reviewed by a recruitment coordinator who will arrange for a visit at your home. During this meeting we will ask you to provide information such as:
- why do you want to foster?
- where would the foster child sleep?
- personal discipline practices
- medical history
The application process also requires a police check for all adults over the age of 18 living in the home.
Attend P.R.I.D.E. pre-service training. P.R.I.D.E. stands for Parent Resources for Information Development and Education. This training consists of ten, three-hour classroom sessions.
P.R.I.D.E. training is required for all foster parents and any missed sessions need to be made up before final approval. Alternate caregivers, adult children living at home and other permanent residents may also be required to attend.
During the training period, your family also participates in a home study process called SAFE. This includes several home visits and interviews with all family members.
Once training and the home study process are complete, each family is carefully assessed. Upon approval, all foster families are required to sign a service agreement which outlines the expectations of both the foster parents and Bruce Grey Child & Family Services.