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.

This video was created in 2018, and features some of our foster parents talking about their experiences, and sharing the reasons why they love fostering. Fostering a child is an extraordinary act, but most foster parents are just regular people who have love in their hearts and a desire to be a positive part of a child’s story.

 

Frequently Asked Questions – Foster Care

Click on each of the following questions to reveal the answers.

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 and their physical, spiritual, emotional, and social development
  • Advocating for the needs of a child
  • Reaching out and guiding a child through their growing years
  • Embracing and welcoming a child 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 and ability to love, nurture and parent a child
  • Patience, flexibility and consistency
  • A desire and willingness to learn
  • The desire to be part of a child’s life story.

Who can become a Foster Parent with the CCASH?

  • You can be single or a couple, with or without your own children
  • You do not have to be Catholic, but be willing to learn about the Catholic faith to support a foster child’s Catholic beliefs
  • 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 while fostering
  • You must submit a vulnerable sector screening report by police and be approved through a Home Study
  • You must complete the Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) training
  • You must be willing to work within the guidelines and philosophies of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton

What Supports will a Foster Family Receive?

  • CCASH provides information, training and support to foster parents
  • Fostering is a team approach including foster parents, CCASH staff and community professionals
  • Foster parents receive ongoing financial assistance to care for foster children
  • Social workers regularly visit to provide support to foster parents and children
  • Pastoral assistance is available to foster parents and the children in their care

What are the Next Steps?

Agency Contact Information:

  • Phone 905-525-2273
  • Email Niamh O’Flaherty (Foster Parent/Adoption Recruitment Coordinator) at niamh.oflaherty@hamiltonccas.on.ca
  • Send a message via the contact form below

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