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.

Message from Bishop Crosby

Every child deserves to live in a safe and nurturing home. As you know, providing a loving environment to a child is truly acting in a Christ-like manner. I encourage you to consider opening your heart and home to children and youth in need, by becoming a foster parent. Bishop Crosby, Bishop of Hamilton

Frequently Asked Questions – Foster Care

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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
  • 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
  • Catholic Faith based beliefs and values

Foster Parents for children of all ages are always needed. However, we have a strong need for families welcoming children age 0-5 years, youth and teenagers, and children with more complex needs.

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 must be Catholic OR you must 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?

  • 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
  • Foster Parents receive ongoing financial assistance to care for foster children
  • 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?