Child Welfare Data and Results
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Interested In Fostering A Child?
What are the qualifications to be a foster parent?
We are looking for individuals, couples, or families who can protect and nurture children. Foster parents need to understand how children grow and develop, and how abuse and neglect, genetic and prenatal issues affect that development. These parents need to respect that the children placed with them will have feelings about their birth families. The older the child, the more memories and attachments there will be. These memories are real and need to be respected and contact often supported. Optimism, a good sense of humour, tolerance and patience are invaluable assets for fostering and adoption.
We will be asking you to disclose very personal information, and we understand that you may feel some discomfort and anxiety in discussing these matters. We appreciate your cooperation in sharing such personal information with us. Your interest in helping children, and the agency’s responsibility in placing children with families means we have to work together as a team to achieve our mutual goals. An honest and open discussion between prospective parents and the Resource Worker about these basic approval requirements is the beginning of a teamwork relationship that will benefit children. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent or a Foster Parent With a View to Adopt
Most people who are interested in fostering or fostering to adopt, call, e-mail or come into our agency to inquire. We use our first contact to gather some basic information about you and your family. You have already taken the important first step of contacting the agency and expressing your interest in foster care or fostering with a view to adopt.
As a result, a Resource Worker—the agency staff person responsible for working with prospective resource families—has contacted you to meet and answer any questions and review the information in this packet or about foster care and fostering with a view to adopt.
Mutual Assessment and At-Home Family Consultation Meetings
The Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County (FCS) is the legal guardian for all the children in its care, FCS also has a legal obligation to assess and approve the families who accept children for placement in their homes.
The Ontario Ministry of Child and Youth Services provides standards for foster and adoption homes. These mandatory standards exist to help the agency protect and safeguard the safety and well being of children in its care. For this reason you must complete a 9 session PRIDE training program program and complete a SAFE assessment in order to be approved.. This training and assessment process will provide you with many of the differences between parenting and fostering or adopting and help you to get to know this agency. In addition to the PRIDE and Safe, there are basic standards required of every prospective foster/adoption family. Families that cannot meet these standards cannot be approved.
The only way we can know if your home meets this basic requirement is to see it.