things you may want to know

Why foster with Partners in Parenting?

Partners in Parenting is a private foster care network thus allowing you to have a personalized and dedicated support network. When you foster with Partners in Parenting, you will have a Foster Family Supervisor assigned to your home who will provide you with on-going support and liaison with the Children’s Aid Societies, Service Coordination and governing funding agents.

Partners in Parenting provides support and assistance to children and their families from Aboriginal communities from Northern Quebec James Bay Regions and from Nunavut. Care  is provided typically in partnership with the families and communities and is centred on the medical needs of the child or youth.

Partners in Parenting provides ongoing training and support for their foster parents on a monthly basis at the Foster Parent meetings where discussions, guests speakers and staff provide information to further enhance the success of the foster families and the children they support.

We provide a after hours on-call system which provides further support for a successful foster parenting experience!

How do you become a foster parent?

Our Foster Care Manager, Rhiannon Francis, will be happy to meet with you to discuss the many aspects and requirements to become a foster parent. Once you have made a final decision to become a foster parent, you will be asked to complete a confidential application form. Once received, a home study will commence lead by Christine Rondeau.

What is a home study?

A home study is an extensive document that Partners in Parenting compiles through personal interviews at your home. The home study includes information about you, interviews with the members of your family, your background information and reasons for wanting to foster, your medical history, and an assessment of your ability to parent children and youth.

Can a single parent be a foster parent?

Yes, single people can be foster parents.

Do I get compensated as a foster parent?

You do not receive a salary as a foster parent; instead you receive a per diem to reimburse your for the child or youth’s living expenses in your home. Your per diem will be determined during the home study process, and it is based on your qualifications and experience.

Why do children/youth require foster care support?

There are many different situations and circumstances as to why children/youth enter the foster care system. In some cases the family unit is challenged due to health / medical needs, social economic reasons, inability of the parents to cope with child/youth specific behaviours/challenges, the presence of mental health issues and the lack of support networks.

Will the children/youth have special needs and support?

In most cases, the children/youth entering the foster care system will have needs and require support and patience! Some children/youth display behavioural, social, emotional, physical and/or academic difficulties, other children/youth may have mild to severe developmental or physical disabilities.

How much say do I have in the children placed in my home?

During the home study process, you will be asked to complete a checklist outlining what type of children/youth you are comfortable and qualified to foster. This checklist is reviewed yearly and changes can be made. Once you are approved foster parents, you will be able to read the child or youth’s profile and ask questions about them before they are placed in your foster home.

How many foster children could be placed in my foster home?

How many children you can foster at one time depends on the size of your home and the number of bedrooms in your home. There is a maximum of four children or youth placed in one dwelling.

Can I still work if I foster?

Yes, you can work outside of the foster home if you have school age children; however, you will be responsible for finding after school child care. If you have children under the age of two years old, at least one adult must be a full time parent.

Who do I contact for information about becoming a foster parent?

Contact us at info@partnersinparenting.ca

Are You Up for the Challenge? Consider Becoming a Foster Parent!

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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The Dropping Anchors Blog crew strives to encourage and empower other foster and adoptive parents. Our hearts break for the 415,000+ children living in the foster care system and want to do whatever we can to improve the lives of as many of those children as we can. By creating the foster care awareness videos we hope to encourage other people to become foster parents or to volunteer their time to improve the lives of foster children.

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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