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Application Process for Fostering
Children's Aid Society / La Société d'aide à l'enfance Nipissing Parry Sound

Our Foster parents are diverse in race, culture, language, marital status and economic circumstances. Some parents have experience in fostering, while others have never fostered. Many have a history of working or training in social work, education, nursing, psychology or other professional fields with a desire to continue to use their skills in a parenting role. All of our Foster Parents share an honest interest in the wellbeing of children, respect for others and a devotion to helping the community.

Step 1 / Inquire:

  • Contact us by calling 705-472-0910
  • From here we will match you up with a foster care worker who can answer your questions, review the process and requirements and provide an application.

Step 2 / Become an Applicant:

  • You will be mailed an application
  • After speaking with the foster care worker, upon request, you will be mailed an application package. We will ask you a great deal of information to make sure your home and circumstances will provide support to our foster children.

Step 3 / Conduct a Home Study:

  • Your case worker will conduct a SAFE (Structured Analysis Family Evaluation) HomeStudy
    • Visit 1 – a caseworker completes a home safety checklist and delivers a questionnaire.
    • Visit 2 – Any biological children in the home are interviewed, and a final questionnaire is conducted in an interview style. 
  • The SAFE HomeStudy assesses your willingness and capabilities to become a fostering family and relate these to the needs of children placed in your home. It involves the discussion of important issues pertaining to parenting and invites applicants to examine their own beliefs, values and feelings. The home study process reviews:
    • Family backgrounds
    • Motivation for fostering
    • Family relationships and dynamics
    • Financial circumstances
    • Experience with children
    • Home safety checklist
    • Character references
    • Current medical, child welfare and police checks on all adults in the home

Step 4 / PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) Training*: 

  • You will participate in PRIDE training
  • PRIDE is a mandatory, standardized, competency-based training offered to all prospective foster parents throughout the province of Ontario.
  • Topics include:
    • Placement planning
    • The significance of continuity in a child’s life
    • Connections to the child’s birth family and kin
    • How children attach and experience loss 

Step 5 / Approved:

  • When a family successfully finishes their S.A.F.E assessment, and graduates from P.R.I.D.E they become approved foster homes and are ready to foster.
  • PRIDE is scheduled to run three times a year in the Nipissing district, and twice a year in Burk’s Falls and Parry Sound.

What are the basic requirements?

  • Police check - Every person age 18 and over living in the home must complete a criminal record check.  Historical records won't necessarily preclude you from being approved.
  • Home safety check - Your home must meet certain 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 income necessary to take care of both your family and a foster child.  How much you make isn't as important as your ability to pay the bills and your income stability.
  • Child welfare records 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 parent.
  • Medical exam - You will need to have your doctor complete a medical reference form.  Existing medical conditions won't necessarily preclude you from being a foster parent, as long as they don't interfere with your ability to be a parent.