Every effort is made to keep children within their families of origin. When this is not possible, other family members or community friends are sought next. Temporary placement in a Foster home is considered while permanency options are researched.
Our Agency’s philosophy today can be expressed in no better terms than this quote from a letter written in 1930 by the staff of the Children’s Aid Society of Brant:
“In such cases, it is our policy to remove cause rather than remove children and if possible to make home conditions suitable for young children and the children removed only as a last resort.”
KINSHIP SERVICE AND CARE
Kinship is the full time care and nurturing of a child or youth by a relative, community member, or other adult with whom there is a relationship significant to the child or youth. Kinship Service is used when a child or youth cannot safely live at home but is not admitted into the care of a child welfare agency. Kinship Care is used when the child or youth is admitted into the care of a child welfare agency and then placed with a member of the child or youth’s extended family or community. Kinship Care families become licensed Foster Homes.
“The child is my niece and I know her life history. It’s been a very difficult life. I love her and we’ve been through a lot together and I hope that I’m giving her a loving home”.
– Kinship parent
Foster families provide homes for children and youth, aged 0-16, who are unable to live with their own families due to neglect, abuse, family conflict and/or parental illness. Foster families are caring families who can give children and youth stability, warmth, understanding, consistency and structure. Depending on the circumstances, children and youth may need foster care for a few days, a few weeks, a few months, or longer.
Foster parents and Brant FACS staff work together to support the healthy growth and development of each child and youth. Foster parents play an important role in the daily life of each foster child or youth. The goal of everyone involved remains for the child to return to their own family. If that cannot happen, foster parents provide support to their foster children as the Agency searches for a permanent home.
Foster parents can be single, married, common law, or be involved in a same sex relationship. They come from a wide variety of diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. They are of all different ages and have different levels of experience with children.
Foster families go through a detailed, standardized application and screening process and are required to attend training prior to becoming an approved foster home. Once approved, they can count on ongoing support from a Brant FACS worker. They also receive financial assistance when a child or youth is placed in their home.
If you are interested in becoming a foster family or want to know more about the process, please call the office at 519-753-8681 and ask to speak with someone in Resources.
Foster Care FAQ (PDF)