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Foster Care Facts

The need for foster families is growing as the world changes. As a foster care agency, Crossroads provides temporary or long-term foster homes for children in need.

We are always seeking compassionate adults to open their homes and lives as foster parents. We work in the Edmonton region as well as in the Central region of Alberta. If fostering is something you’re interested in, please read the following Foster Care Facts series we have put together. It will help answer some of the basic questions and from there, you can attend to one of our Information Sessions in August or September for further

Did you know that becoming a foster parent takes about six months?

From the time you apply to when a child is placed in your home takes about six months; sometimes longer. There is a lot of paperwork to fill out, numerous background checks to complete, training to take, and a home study to be written before your home can be opened.

It’s all done in the best interests of the children to ensure you’re able to provide a safe, stable, and loving home.

Did you know that being a Foster Parent can be a long term commitment?

Think of fostering as a career you’re passionate about and want to continue doing as long as possible. Some foster parents have multiple short-term placements while others have a few long-term placements.

Did you know that you can be a foster parent even if you don’t have kids of your own?

Foster parents come from all walks of life. Some have grown children, some have babies, some have never been parents before, and some are single.

While the description varies, there are basic requirements that must be met before an interested party can proceed with an application to foster. Don’t hesitate to ask questions to see if you’re a good fit for fostering.

Did you know that foster care is usually considered temporary care?

The primary goal of foster care is to provide a temporary home while working to reunite a child with their family.

Sometimes families apply to be foster homes in the hopes of adopting a child. That does happen with some foster families; however, those families usually foster for a long time before adoption happens. Because there are many legal processes to be completed, adoption can be a long and complicated experience.

Did you know we would be happy to answer any questions you have about becoming a foster parent?

Contact us by phone or email, or attend one of our upcoming Foster Care Information Sessions to learn more.