Foster Parents & Our Support Network

a personalized & dedicated support system

Partners in Parenting is a small, private foster care network thus allowing you to have a personalized and dedicated support network.

Different areas of support that we give to our foster parents include:

Foster Family Supervisor

As a foster parent/family, 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 and other organizations.

After Hours On-Call

Our after hours on-call system will be a key element for you to have a successful foster parenting experience.

A Partners In Parenting Supervisor will be available on-call during evenings and weekends for emergency purposes.

Training & Development

Partners in Parenting shall ensure that foster parents have opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills through organized training throughout the year and have access to Partners in Parenting‘s resource information.

Monthly Communication Meetings

Foster parents meet monthly to discuss new policies, have group training sessions and have local trainers come and share their expertise with the group.  The MCM meetings are also a great way to connect with other foster parents.

Family Activities

Partners in Parenting values our families and their commitments to the children and youth they support.  Throughout the year activities are geared to families.  Some of the recent activities include: Calypso water park, Stanley’s Farm, Hockey games, BBQ’s and Upper Canada Village.  All of these activities are sponsored by Partners in Parenting.

Financial Support that Values Our Foster Parents’ Skills

As a foster parent, you will receive a per diem for each child/youth placed in your home.  This per diem helps to reimburse you for the foster child’s living expenses.

In-Home Staff Support

In addition to the per diem, each placement will receive fifteen hours (15 hours) of staff support to assist the foster parent in caring for their foster child. Foster families can hire in-home Foster Family Support Staff through Partners in Parenting or establish their own support network with the involvement of the Foster Family Supervisor.

Relief & Emergency Services

The foster family and the foster child will benefit from the relief period as it provides an opportunity to change the focus while rejuvenating their energy. Partners in Parenting will assist the foster family in creating a relief support network, as well as organizing emergency relief services for foster parents when required. Partners in Parenting shall ensure that a worker is available to respond within 24 hours to emergencies reported by the foster parents.

Access to Therapist/Behavioural Psychologist

Foster Family Supervisors assist foster parents with developing and implementing behaviour modification techniques and programs. Partners in Parenting has a clinical consultant that meets twice a month with the clinical teams. If the child/youth you support requires behavioural support please advise your Foster Family Supervisor.

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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Difference Makers- Foster Care Awareness from Casey Holly on Vimeo.

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