You can make a difference.

Children and youth lose so much when they have to leave their community. By opening your home, you can make a difference in their life. You don’t have to be a perfect person, but an individual or couple with a genuine interest in children and a sense of community responsibility.

Learn more including contacting us and signing up for an information night.

Fostering is…Regular people doing their best to help kids and teens in their community!

We are committed to ensuring that children grow up in their culture, with an understanding of their personal identities and with their primary language. As such, we are actively recruiting foster caregivers from all identities and have identified specific needs for caregivers who are Francophone, Métis, Black and/or from the LGBT2SQ+ communities.

There are some basic requirements to be approved as a caregiver. The items below will be reviewed during the home study process.

  • Physical capacity: bedroom space, windows, furniture
  • Financially secure: stable income and insurance coverage
  • Access to transportation: drives to appointments and family visits
  • Background check: Child Welfare and Police
  • Know and support agency policies on Anti-Oppression, Smoking, Discipline, Equality, and Diversity
  • Medicals
  • References

For First Nation, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) individuals interested in caring for children and youth in our community, we will refer you to the Alternative Care Program at Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services. Their program provides family-based care for First Nations, Inuit and Métis children/youth in need of support and out-of-home placement. The Alternative Care Program is a continuum of services, including: customary care, kin service (out of care), kin in care, alternative care homes (community homes), and in-home support. Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services acknowledges that it is the FNIM family’s right and responsibility to plan for their children and youth. As such, it is critical for children/youth to maintain their relationships with their biological parents and families. Alternative Caregivers join a circle of care which includes all parties (biological parents and families, communities and caregivers) working together, collaboratively.

Diversity

We need caregivers as diverse as the children that require care. We seek individuals from a variety of ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, of any sexual orientation, speaking different languages and with a variety of child care experience.

Home

We seek safe, nurturing, stable homes with diverse family backgrounds – single or partnered, with or without children. A bed and adequate space for each child is required.

Understanding

Optimism, acceptance, patience, and consistency are essential to becoming a successful foster caregiver. An understanding of the needs of children/youth, empathy for their family, and a willingness to learn especially to help those that have experienced trauma.

Do you feel that you have something to give?
Are you looking to embrace a new challenge?
Do you enjoy working with children, youth, families, and communities?

You don’t have to be perfect
to make a difference in the life of a child.

What is it really like?

You are never alone!

“Helping families reunite has been the most rewarding for us.”

– Foster Caregivers

Foster caregivers are regular people supporting local children, youth, families and their community.

Here are a few profiles of Foster Caregivers making a difference.

Gail & Tamber

FOSTER CAREGIVERS FOR 5 YEARS

“We have no regrets! We initially contacted the agency because we wanted to adopt. But somehow through the application process we decided this was what we all needed to do. Helping families reunite has been the most rewarding. A foster mentor once told me – sometimes it’s hard, but always believe you can do hard things!”

Carmella

FOSTERS FEMALE YOUTH

“After my divorce and my children were out on their own I realized how much I missed using my social work training and supporting my daughters through the difficult teen years. I decided I had more to give. My friends couldn’t understand why I wanted to keep reparenting teens but it brings me joy and there are tough days, yes, but it’s worth it.”

Natalya & Sophie

BILINGUAL FOSTER CAREGIVERS

“As a couple and as individuals, we have faced challenges of being accepted for our unique identities. It has helped us immensely at supporting children that have faced tremendous adversity in their young lives already. The application process was very respectful and we now have become a part of a great team.”

Get in Touch

Head office location

Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions 60 Bell Farm Road, Unit 7 Barrie, ON L4M 5G6

Let’s Talk!

Foster Resource Department

(705) 726-6587 ext. 4

Mon – Fri, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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