Foster Care

Become a foster parent and brighten a child’s life. Our foster parents consider the mission of fostering both a privilege and an honour. For all the stories of pain and suffering, there are so many more stories of joy and success, hope and healing among our children and families. No matter what your experience or skills, by becoming a foster parent you will have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child.

OUR GREATEST NEED IS TO FIND FOSTER PARENTS WHO CAN PROVIDE A SAFE AND LOVING HOME TO:

  • 0-2 Year olds (and pre-schoolers up to age of 5) – CCAS requires that one parent is a stay-at-home parent for this age group.
  • Adolescents and Teenagers (12 – 18 years old)
  • Children with medical challenges
  • Special needs children
  • Children with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

 

Frequently Asked Questions – Foster Care

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Who are the Children That Come into Foster Care?

  • Newborn to 18 years, with various life experiences and abilities
  • Identify or have families who identify as Catholic, or attend Catholic schools
  • Come with immense potential and a need for loving, supportive families

Why Do Children Come into Foster Care?

  • May have experienced physical, sexual or emotional abuse and neglect
  • Parent-child conflict
  • Parents may have mental health or addiction challenges

What is Foster Care?

  • An alternate and temporary home
  • A caring and supportive family environment
  • The Society assumes guardianship while child is in care
  • The goal is to return child to natural family, whenever possible
  • Can be short-term foster care (relief), or regular foster care (full-time)
  • When a child is unable to return to their family, adoption/permanent plans are made

What Does Becoming a Foster Parent Mean?

  • Caring for a child or youth who needs to develop physically, spiritually, emotionally, and socially
  • Making visible the love of Christ in the day-to-day life of a child or youth
  • Advocating for the needs of a child who has been abused or neglected
  • Reaching out and guiding a child or youth through their growing years
  • Embracing and welcoming a child or youth into the warmth of your safe and secure home

What are the Key Qualities of being a Foster Parent?

The most important qualities considered in the selection of Foster Parents are:

  • The desire to love and parent a child or youth
  • The ability to nurture
  • An understanding of children and youth
  • Patience and consistency
  • Flexibility and a willingness to learn
  • Knowledge of the Catholic faith to support the spiritual needs of the children and their families. The children we care for and their families identify as Catholic.

Who can become a Foster Parent with the CCASH?

  • You must be eager to have a positive impact on the life of a child in your community
  • You can be single or a couple, with or without children of your own
  • You need to be Catholic OR be open to taking part in training to learn more about supporting the Catholic beliefs of the children in our care
  • You must be at least 21 years of age
  • You may own or rent your home
  • You must be self-supporting
  • You may work outside the home and foster
  • You must submit to a vulnerable sector screening report by police and be approved through the CCASH Home Study process
  • You must complete the CCASH PRIDE Training course
  • You are willing to work within the guidelines and philosophies of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton
  • We welcome applicants from diverse cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds

What Supports will a Foster Family Receive?

  • Foster Parents receive ongoing financial assistance to care for foster children
  • CCASH provides ongoing information, training and support to all Foster Families
  • Fostering is a team approach and includes the foster parents, CCASH staff, community professional and connection to the CCASH Foster Parent network
  • CCASH Staff regularly visit and provide support to foster parents and the children in their care
  • CCASH provides ongoing Pastoral Support to Foster Parents and their children in care
  • CCASH Foster Parent Association provides ongoing support to Foster Parents and arranges both training and social events for the Foster Parent network

What are the Next Steps?

  • Call 905-525-2273 for more information or contact Niamh O’Flaherty, Foster Parent/Adoption Recruitment Coordinator, at niamh.oflaherty@hamiltonccas.on.ca
  • Send us a message via the contact form below
  • Attend a Foster Care Information Night
  • Complete an application form
  • Attend a PRIDE Training Course
  • Participate in the Homestudy Process

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