Becoming a foster parent
Thinking about becoming a foster parent? Is it a right decision for you?
Connect with us, we have been doing this for the past 30 years!
We celebrate diversity and individuality. Our foster parents come from a wide range of backgrounds and we welcome people of any race, religion and sexual orientation. We welcome people with NO experience needing more extensive training. We seek experienced, therapeutic individuals for our highly paid, high needs homes.
Ready to join us?
Whether you’re eager to start your journey or just have a few questions about fostering,
e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 1-905-453-4270
BECOME A FOSTER PARENT
Individuals who are compassionate, committed, patient, understanding and energetic
At Cornerstone, we celebrate diversity and welcome people from all backgrounds. As long as you’re able to provide stability to a child or young person in need, then you could make a great foster parent.
What do I need to become a foster parent?
Experience in the mental health field is valued and reworded; however, you don’t need qualifications or experience to be a foster parent, many people choose fostering after raising a family or they are looking for change in their life. What counts is that you’re passionate about changing a child’s life and eager to make a difference.
However, there are a few things you’ll need to foster with Cornerstone:
You need to be over the age of 21
You need a spare bedroom or be willing to live in our home.
You’ll need to be available to foster full-time (if married, one parent will need to be home full time)
You need to have Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status and no criminal record.
You need a valid driver’s license
You need to be healthy and free of any communicable diseases
We are actively seeking highly qualified foster parents/families for intensive home-based care
We are ready to support and guide you through your personal and unique circumstance.
We will provide you with all the information you need. We will discuss with you what to expect and what fostering may mean for you and your family? We’ll also get to know you and your family and recommend the best type of placement for your home.
1. Initial interview
We will inform you, answer your questions and help you to think about whether fostering is right for you and your circumstance.
2. Home visit
Our foster supervisor will visit your home to answer any questions and explain how Cornerstone will work with and support you in your fostering journey. If we’re both in agreement we’ll move forwards with an application form.
3. Fostering assessment
We will move forward and return to visit your home several more times to get to know you, your family and any skills and experience you have that will help you with fostering. This information will be documented in your home study.
4. Fostering management and approval
After your fostering assessment and all the relevant checks and references are completed, we’ll present your information to our managers. The Program Director will make the final decision about your approval as a foster parent.
After you’re approved, we’ll begin to match a child /youth to both your experience and skills. You will not be alone, we will be there to support you throughout your fostering career.
5. What will you need to become Cornerstones foster parent?
As part of the application process, we’ll carry out a number of references and checks. These include:
Vulnerable Sector Police Screenings
Children’s Aid Society checks (including all child protection records)
Police checks for all adults living in the home.
A medical report from your doctor
Written references from at least 3 personal referees if you are a single applicant and 5 personal referees if you are fostering as a couple.
Evidence of citizenship, car and home insurances and valid driver’s license
References from current and previous employers or foster care agencies
A full safety check on your home including pets
Home study questioner
How long does the process take?
Depending on your circumstances and experience, a month to three month is our usual processing time.
PER-DIEM PAYMENTS AND ALLOWANCES
Foster parents deserve to be rewarded for their hard work.
Our per-diem payment varies depending on the needs of a client and the demands of the foster home.
They payments are designed to help you cover the cost of looking after the child/youth/adult in your care.
How much will I receive?
The Foster care per-diem rate varies depending on the level of care you are required to handle.
What expenses will I be responsible to pay for from this allowance?
The fostering allowance takes into account the costs of living with a foster child. Some of these costs include:
Will I be taxed on the per-diem allowance I receive?
No, you will not be taxed on this amount. It is tax free!