Becoming a foster family

Foster Parenting > Becoming a Foster Family

The first contact with the CAS

After you contact the CAS, an agency representative will call you to answer any questions. You may be invited to an information night or orientation meetings.

Orientation

Orientation/information meetings have two purposes

  • to acquaint prospective foster families with the Society's work and the foster care system; and
  • to allow the Society and the prospective foster family to make a preliminary assessment to mutually determine if fostering is a good idea for them.

Completion of foster care orientation sessions is mandatory for all adults in the prospective foster family. Orientation may be offered over a few days, or one evening a week for a number of weeks.

Applying to become a foster family

The application includes:

  • application;
  • medical report;
  • police check ; and
  • references.

Training & Support

Training for New Foster and Adoptive Parents

CAS offers an intensive pre-service training program called PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) for families who are considering to fostering with the Sarnia-Lambton CAS. After meeting with a CAS resource worker and deciding to take the next step, an application package is provided. When you submit your completed package, you will be scheduled into PRIDE.

PRIDE includes 9 sessions (usually held weekly in the evening):

  • Weeks 1-8 meet other families who are interested in fostering or adoption, discuss ideas and experiences, hear about the needs of children in CAS care
  • Week 9 meet families who have already fostered or adopted children, as well as adult and child adoptees and children in foster care
Home Study Process

When you have partially or fully completed PRIDE, CAS will assign a resource worker to conduct a S.A.F.E. home study with your family and make a recommendation about your suitability as a foster home.

Home study includes:

  • Self-assessment of your own attitudes and abilities
  • Providing character references from family and friends
  • Authorizing medical clearances from your family physician
  • Authorizing police record checks
  • Authorizing child welfare checks
  • Assessing the safety of your home (Housing and Safety Checklist)
  • Reviewing your PRIDE Connections homework completed during the PRIDE pre-service training
  • Reviewing your personal history, employment record, experience with children, and general information related to
    • By working together through the process, we will mutually be able to determine if fostering is right for you.

      Ongoing Training and Support

      CAS provides ongoing training and other educational opportunities for foster parents:

      • Regular visits from CAS
      • Access to special services for your foster child
      • Car Seat Safety Training
      • A Foster Parent Mentor

      Upon completion, the home study will be assessed. You will be notified of the outcome. If approved, a support worker will be assigned to the new foster family and then...
      your family is available to begin fostering.


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