Application & Approval Process
Take the step to become a foster parent! Find out whether fostering is right for you and your family. We continue to need, look for, and invite foster parents from all communities to ensure diverse, inclusive, and responsive services for children and youth.
The fostering application process takes time. Following your initial inquiry by phone, in person or email, you will be provided with an application package. Once the application documents are returned, and the required checks are completed, applicants will be invited to complete a mandatory pre-service training:
- Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education (PRIDE): This mandatory provincial 27-hour training program is taken by all prospective foster parents in Ontario.
Following PRIDE training, a home study will be completed:
- Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE): This home study is a comprehensive assessment to determine your eligibility, suitability, and readiness to become a foster parent.
Once the home study is approved, orientation by the Resource Team follows and a Resource Worker is assigned to work with your family.
All prospective foster parents will provide the following:
- Police Vulnerable Sector background and child welfare checks for all adults living in your home
- References from people who know you
- Medical exam and reference from your doctor for everyone living in your home
- Proof of ability to provide a safe, supportive, and secure living environment for children, including stable family income
There are also several training requirements as part of the onboarding process:
- Standard First Aid, including infant and child CPR
- Training on First Nations, Inuit, and/or Metis cultural competency (exceptions for First Nations, Inuk or Metis persons)
- Trauma Informed Care: Supporting Children and Youth, as self-paced eLearning course
- Kujali: Caring for Black Children – A Training on Cultural Humility for Foster Parents (Upcoming)
- CPI Training (Non-violent Crisis Intervention)