Becoming a foster parent is a big decision. Below you will find the answers to some frequently asked questions about fostering.
The best way to become familiar with our program is for you to attend a 90 minute Foster Parent Information Session. We generally schedule two evening sessions a month. They take place online and aim to answer any questions you may have about becoming a foster parent. If the sessions do not work for you please let us know and we can pick a date/time that best suits you.
There is NEVER any obligation to become involved; we just want individuals to have good information to make an informed decision.
A child is in a foster home when the child’s home situation isn’t safe or needs aren’t met. They are placed with a foster family who can provide them with the necessary care and supports they need.
A foster parent’s role is to provide foster children with a safe and loving environment. In this healthy environment, they can experience stability, healthy family dynamics, and learn positive life skills.
Building these foundational aspects of their life will help them to succeed.
You will create relationships that last a lifetime and makes a real difference in a child’s life. Supporting and working with foster children helps the child develop and achieve their fullest potential. Fostering is one of the most varied, challenging, and rewarding experiences a parent can have.
Becoming a successful foster parent involves:
A sense of humour, patience, and a collaborative response method with the service team is a must for any prospective foster family
A strong support system and a willingness to ask others for support
Possess open communication strategies with the belief that sharing and talking about any subject is welcome and necessary for a healthy family
Expresses appreciation and value of family time
Foster care is the full-time, temporary care of a child in your home with the goal of the child returning to parental care or alternate permanency with extended family guardianship as soon as possible.
When going home is not an option for a child, alternate forms of permanency may be considered. Adoptive parents would become the child’s legal family.
Foster parents must meet the following criteria:
√ Be a permanent resident of Canada or Canadian citizen
√ Be a mature adult (actual age when this occurs can vary)
√ Have a stable home dynamic for the past year
√ Have adequate space in the home for another child, including a separate bedroom
√ Be able to communicate fluently in verbal and written English
√ Have a valid driver’s license, vehicle, and current insurance
√ Rent or own a residence that meets Children’s Services standards re cleanliness & repair
√ Complete a Criminal Record Check
√ Complete an Intervention Record Check
√ Have a flexible schedule for training, meetings, and appointments
Please contact our home study coordinator for more details regarding foster parent criteria that you must meet.
Your home – Is it safe for a child or young person?
Your experience with children and young people – through family, work, or volunteering. Has it been positive or negative?
Your friends and family – Are there people who can support you to foster?
Your health – Are you fit and able to foster now and for the foreseeable future?
Your financial security – Would fostering be your primary source of income?
Your past – Do you have any previous convictions?
1. Foster parents receive a non-taxable daily stipend for each child in their care, based on provincial rates.
2. The stipend covers the number of nights each child is in the foster home.
3. The stipend is broken into a maintenance fee and a skill fee.
4. Foster parents may be entitled to reimbursement for various expenses, including:
Mileage to and from child-specific appointments
Recreation and vacation/camp costs
Crossroads recognizes that, for foster families to provide quality care for children, quality supports must be provided. Such supports include:
Regular contact (home visits, email, phone calls) by our Foster Care Support Worker and the Crossroads Team
Agency support at professional meetings
24-hour crisis line
Assistance in organizing respite care
Direction and guidance in providing care and working with the child’s service team
Advocacy for additional foster family supports
To become a foster parent, you will have to go through a screening and placement process which includes the following steps:
First steps to fostering
Application Form: fill out the application and include at least three references for each caregiver.
Criminal Record Check (CRC): apply for a ‘Vulnerable Sector’ CRC (it must be less than 6 months old).
Intervention Record Check (IRC): For this step, two pieces of ID will be required.
Orientation to Caregiver Training (OCT) Sessions
Second Steps to Fostering
Emergency First Aid, Level C CPR: Register on your own or call Crossroads for locations that provide Emergency First Aid and Level C CPR.
Driver’s Documents: Provide a photocopy of Driver’s License(s) and Registration for each vehicle that will be used to transport children. A copy of vehicle insurance must also be provided.
Vehicle Insurance: Minimum vehicle insurance is $2,000,000.
Home Insurance: Minimum home insurance is $2,000,000 required.
Medicals: Each caregiver must provide a completed medical from a doctor.
SAFE Questionnaire 1: All sections of SAFE Questionnaire 1 must be completed by each caregiver
Financial Information: Complete the form and provide a photocopy of either each caregiver’s T4 slip or each caregiver’s Notice of Assessment.
Safety Steps: Provide a floor plan that clearly marks the exits of your home in case of an emergency.
Third and Forth Steps
Environmental Safety Assessment