Foster & Adopt

Welcome

There are many opportunities for people who wish to become foster or adoptive care providers through our agency.

We are seeking people to provide stable and supportive families for children who either need temporary care or a permanent home.

As you are exploring our site, feel free to contact us anytime.  We can walk you through the process and answer your questions.

Watch our video here.

Our Vision

We believe that every child and youth needs and deserves a safe place to call home; a place where they belong.  When children and youth come into our care our goal is to give them permanency.  We do everything we can to return children home or to live with extended family or kin.  If those are not options, then we find them an adoptive family. 

Permanency Through Adoption

Many families who contact our agency wanting to adopt a child discover that a relationship with a child or youth may begin earlier through fostering.  Some of these children become available for adoption and some do not.  Given that you will be a child’s foster home, as well as their potential adoptive home you will be dually approved to do both.  These dually approved families understand that in some cases the child may leave their care to be returned to birth family or placed with kin.  Recognizing this, they commit to caring for a child as long as is needed and this may include adoption.  This type of care allows children to be placed with a possible permanent family as soon as possible, which increases the child’s stability and well-being while minimizing the number of changes and transitions they have to face. 

Unless it is a very unique situation and/or you are looking to adopt an older child, all adoptive parents with our agency will first foster.

Who Makes Great Foster/Adoptive Care Providers?

Just as each child and youth are unique, so are the care providers that are able to meet the needs of our children and youth.  Our children need people who understand the importance of providing a safe, stable and nurturing environment where the child or youth can reach his or her full potential. 

As fostering and adopting is often stressful and unpredictable, it is important to be able to flexible, adaptable and be able to manage the “unknown”.  To have a strong support system and have a willingness to ask for help is important.  Given that you will be working as a part of our child welfare team, you must be able to communicate effectively.   Whether you are looking to foster or to provide permanency through adoption, you will be working with birth families and as such, you will need to support their connections and contact with birth family and have empathy for children and their birth parent situation.

Our foster and adoptive care providers can be:

  • Single, married or living common-law
  • Childless families, families with children or families who have finished raising children
  • Same sex couples, or people from the LGBTQ community
  • Home owners or renters
  • Stay at home adults or people who work outside the home
  • People of diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Those open to parenting special needs children, sibling groups or older children

It won’t always to be easy; but most of our care providers say it is one of the best things they have ever done.  To learn more about how you can make a difference in lives of children and youth please continue to STEPS.

Basic Requirements

In addition to the interview information, the SAFE home assessment also includes:

  • Police Check:Every person age 18 and over who is living in the home must complete a criminal record check.Historical criminal records will not necessarily preclude you from being approved, but more information will be needed.
  • Home Safety Check:Your home must meet certain health and safety standards.A worker will visit you and together we will tour your home to make sure it meets the requirements.
  • Financial Disclosure:We will look at both income and expenses to ensure you have the financial stability necessary to take care of both your family and a foster or adoptive child.How much you make is not as important as your income stability.
  • Child Welfare Record Check:We will run a check on all adults over the age of 18 in your home to see if anyone has been involved in past cases of child abuse or neglect.
  • Personal References:We will ask those who know you best about your ability to be a foster/adoptive parent.
  • Medical Exam:You will need to have your doctor complete a medical reference form.Existing medical conditions will not necessarily prevent you from being a foster or adoptive parent, if they do not interfere with your ability to parent and provide stability.

To contact us, please feel free to call 519-455-9000 x2777 or email info@caslondon.on.ca


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