Being a Foster Parent

your role as a caregiver

Your Role

A Foster Parent is responsible for providing a safe, secure and stable environment for the children in their care.  The role of the foster parent is to provide a nurturing family environment for someone else’s child in their own home.  In many cases, the foster parent will work towards reuniting the children with their biological family.

The Children and Youth in Your Care

Many different situations and circumstances influence whether or not a child or youth enter into the foster care system.  In some cases, the family unit is challenged due to social economic reasons, inability of the parents to cope with the child/youth specific behaviours and challenges, the presence of mental health issues and the lack of support networks.

Some children and youth display behavioural, social, emotional, physical and/or academic difficulties.  Other children and youth may have mild to severe developmental or physical disabilities.

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Partners in Parenting will recruit, train and support qualified and experienced foster families in providing care to children and youth. If you are interested in nurturing children, are caring and compassionate or if you have an understanding of special needs children and youth, then Partners in Parenting is interested in you! Caring for children is a great reward. Our families enjoy sharing their homes and lives with children who are less fortunate or who have special needs. The children we support range in level of need but they all need caring homes. If you live in Eastern Ontario and are considering becoming a foster parent, please contact us to set up a meeting in your home.

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You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. ~ Gusteau, Ratatouille

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~ Dr. Seuss

Our family has fostered with Partners In Parenting for almost ten years. Their heart for children in care is evident. In fact, the founders of Partners In Parenting began as foster parents. The organization has never lost that desire to provide a successful fostering experience for both the child and foster family. As a Partners’ foster family, we benefit from 24 hour/7 days a week support. The on-call system ensures that you can talk with a person rather than a machine whenever help is needed. With this level of support, we are able to confidently provide the love and care of a family for children in care. ~ Mary Ruth

We applied to become foster parents with Partners in Parenting in 1998. We chose Partners in Parenting because it is a small, caring organization that is committed to providing compassionate care to foster children. The organization is unique in providing each family with a Foster Family Supervisor who provides guidance on the many new experiences and challenges in fostering. Foster parents are provided with ongoing training with respect to mental health issues, physical and sexual abuse and the many special needs that affect the children who come into care. As Partners in Parenting foster parents, we work with a wide range of professionals who are committed to foster children. Through this organization, we have developed close friendships with other foster parents whom we have met through monthly meetings and foster family activities. Fostering is a life changing experience and Partners in Parenting and its foster parents are an amazing group to work with and who understand the calling of a foster parent. ~ Bonnie & Claude