Foster Parenting


There are a variety of homes that may be provided for children in care. The types of Family Care Homes that can be provided are:

 Restricted Homes

 Care for children known or related to the Family Care parents. The agreement is restricted to a specific Child and ends when the child leaves the home or is no longer in care.

Regular Homes

Children placed in these homes may or may not be known by the family care parents.

Specialized Homes

Care for children with moderately to extremely challenging behavioural / emotional issues or significant developmental delay. Specific approval,experience and training are required for these homes.

Family Care Homes may provide one or more of the following:

Short-term or Temporary Care

This is care for a child while a solution is being found for the conditions that led to the placement of the child. The intent at the time of placement is to return the child to the family. Depending on the progress of the care plan, short-term or temporary care can be as short as one day but is usually not longer than 24 months.

Long-term Care

This is for a child who is continuing care by court order, through the Family Relations Act (orphaned without a guardian) or under the terms of a Special Needs Agreement. Emergency Care The home takes the child with very little advance notice (same day or less than 24 hours) Placement might be during usual working hours or, for those homes that are willing, late in the evening.

Respite Care

Respite care is Short term care for children to prevent burnout, stress, abuse,and neglect and to minimize the need for out-of-home placements or removals. This provides a short break for parents while the child is cared for in another home. These homes provide short-term care on an intermittent basis, taking children for a day or a few days at a time(for example, two days a week or four days a month.) Note that a child is not legally “in care” in this situation. Respite is given to the child’s parents as a family support service, governed by a Support Services Agreement between the child’s parents and NIȽ TU,O. In these cases, the child's parents retain full custody and guardianship.

Relief Care

This is similar to respite, except that the break is provided for Family Care parents.

Application to Provide Care

Family Care Program

Family Care Home Responsibilities

As a family care parent you have many responsibilities to a number of different individuals: the child placed in your home, the agency, the child’s biological family, the Resource team and your own family. Your goal as a family care parent is to ensure the child/children are provided with excellent care while reinforcing the belief that children and youth have the right to safety, security, continuity, consistency, as well as a loving home. A family care parent will operate as a parent, a behavior management specialist, a mentor,a guide, a protector, a team member, an advocate, a teacher, and as a caregiver. This is quite the role and one that we are in need of.
The process the Family Care Orientation begins with completing the following forms:

  • Application to Provide Care
  • Criminal Record Check (everyone 18 and over are required to complete a criminal record check)
  • Medical Report from your doctor
  • 3 References
  • Criminal Record Review

Once these are complete and submitted to the Resource Social Worker, a Home Study Assessment will begin. The Family Care Home Study Assessment will be based on the following:

  • Your family history
  • History as it relates to childcare
  • Child Care Experience
  • Motivations and reasons to foster

Upon completion of all forms an assessment will be completed and submitted for approval. The applicant will then be notified.

For more information, please contact the NIȽ TU,O Resource Social Worker

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