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How To

Steps to becoming a dually approved Foster Adopt Care Provider through our agency

CONTACT US & APPLICATION: Read our Foster Adopt overview. Read real stories. Contact us with your questions. Call 519-455-9000, ask for Foster Adopt information. Email subject line Foster Adopt.

If you are interested, we will meet with you in your home to discuss the process and provide you with an application and training information. There is no pressure to proceed. It is simply an information sharing meeting to help you decide if you want to move forward. If you would like to proceed then you will complete and submit your application.

PRIDE TRAINING: Once we receive your application, you will be registered for the mandatory PRIDE training - Parent, Resource, Information, Development and Education. It is the provincial training for all foster, adopt and kinship applicants. It is an interactive program offered at various times throughout the year.

HOME STUDY: We will complete as SAFE home assessment with you.SAFE stands for: Structured Analysis Family Evaluation, and it is a tool for helping us (and you) understand your suitability and readiness to become a foster /adoptive parent. Typically, our home study worker will meet with you for interviews 4-6 times.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the interview, 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 Adopt Care Provider if they do not interfere with your ability to parent and provide stability.

SUPPORT & ONGOING TRAINING: Once you become an approved foster/adoptive care provider, you will be assigned a worker who will be your support and guide. Our agency offers peer mentoring, support groups, as well as regular training and workshop opportunities. We help assist our care providers every step of the way.

Contact us. Call 519-455-9000 ext. 2784 or email

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