Who are foster parents?

Foster parents are individuals or couples with a genuine interest in children and a sense of community responsibility. They come from all walks of life, have a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds and a variety of experiences with child care.

Some have experience raising their own children, or have professional experience related to child rearing. Some do not have any formal qualifications.

A basic understanding of the needs of children and/or youth, and a willingness to learn, is required. Love of young people, optimism, tolerance, patience and consistency are essential to the successful foster family.

Foster parents work together with Children’s Aid Society staff to develop a plan for each child in care. The ideal plan is usually to reunite a young person with his or her family. When a reunion is not possible, the plan may include adoption or long-term foster care.

While the legal responsibility for the young person remains with the Children’s Aid Society, foster families play an essential role in the child’s daily life. The stable and caring home environment that foster families provide helps encourage healthy growth and development.