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Alternative Care

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Alternative Care

Alternative Care Parent Eligibility

Our Alternative Care 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, however many do not but want to open their homes to help children and youth.

All of our Alternative Care Parents share an honest interest in the wellbeing of children, respect for others and a devotion to helping the community.

Alternative Care Parents 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

Who makes a great Alternative Care Parent?

  • You have a willingness to learn
  • You can adapt and will try new strategies
  • You are patient
  • You have the capacity to share joy and laughter
  • You are able to work as part of a larger team
  • You are able to lead by example
  • You can provide appropriate and consistent structure and support
  • You can help a child understand and cope with their situation
  • You have empathy for children and their birth parent situation
  • You have a good sense of humour
  • You have a strong support system and have a willingness to ask for help
  • You have the time to commit to the child and their wellbeing
  • You have a willingness to learn
  • You can adapt and will try new strategies
  • You are patient
  • You have the capacity to share joy and laughter
  • You are able to work as part of a larger team
  • You are able to lead by example
  • You can provide appropriate and consistent structure and support
  • You can help a child understand and cope with their situation
  • You have empathy for children and their birth parent situation
  • You have a good sense of humour
  • You have a strong support system and have a willingness to ask for help
  • You have the time to commit to the child and their wellbeing

Getting the right information is key to knowing whether fostering is a possibility for you and your family. Some alernative care applicants have come to consider fostering as a very natural thing to do. Many feel that they would like to share the good things in their lives. People who foster often describe themselves as ordinary people who like children. They feel that their family has something to offer and because they value children they want to do something to contribute towards protecting and helping them develop. Key qualities of foster parents include being a great listener, having a good sense of humor, being optimistic and being able to accept the child’s or youth’s experience with their family as part of who they are.

Call us to discuss if your individual circumstances, interests and skills would lend well to being an Alternative Care Parent.