As a foster caregiver, you’ll receive monthly payments to help with the costs of caring for the child in your home. The monthly payment is intended to cover the food, laundry, and personal items the child needs while in your home. There is also money for the child’s clothing, allowance, gifts, school supplies, recreational activities and child care as well as any special requirements such as prescription and non-prescription medications, glasses and other items when needed. Reimbursements are, however, delayed – meaning you’ll spend the money before you get it back. So foster caregiving is generally not recommended for individuals and families who struggle financially. You can find out more here
Foster Caregiver Training & Education
Foster caregiving is rewarding but not without its unique challenges. Foster children are often full of conflicting emotions about being in foster care, for example, like simultaneously feeling guilt and relief for being removed from their families and in your care. You’ll inevitably have to talk them through those emotions – but don’t worry. We’re here to help.
We offer foster caregivers several training modules to give them the confidence to handle most situations.
The PRIDE course is a nine session program that helps foster caregivers gain a greater appreciation of what it means to care for a child who is unable to live with his or her own family, the situations you’ll face as a foster caregiver and the child welfare system in general. You can learn more about PRIDE by clicking here.
Other courses include Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training, which teaches you how to spot the stages of crisis development and the appropriate response, and The Sensitivity Training Program for Foster Families, which teaches families how to respect and value the diversity of their foster children.
For more information on either course, click here
Social Work Support
Each child and youth in care has a social worker assigned to them that is also responsible for providing support to the foster family. The social worker is also responsible to help link foster families to other community support services like any medical services that they may require to care for the child or youth.
After Hours Support
A social worker is available during regular office hours Monday to Friday, (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) There is after hours support when emergency situations arise after regular office hours and on holiday and weekends by calling the local after hours number for your region. The after hours support number is 1 (866) 922-2434.