APPLICATION & APPROVAL PROCESS
The application process takes about six to twelve months, and involves a variety of requirements, such as: home visits; filling in forms; police, medical and child welfare checks; and attending training.
What to expect, step by step
Here is a summary of the steps you can expect if you decide to explore the possibility of becoming a foster parent:
STEP 1 - INQUIRY
Call us at 416.969.8510, extension 7788 to tell us you are interested in becoming a foster parent. A resource worker will need approximately 15 minutes of your time to complete a pre-screening telephone interview to determine if you are eligible to proceed to Step 2.
The resource worker will provide basic information about fostering and current placement needs, and will explain the steps in the assessment and home study. Please note that NCFST will not consider inquiries from parents who are currently receiving child protection services or parents who have a substantiated or verified child abuse record.
STEP 2 - HOME VISIT
A worker will visit your home to discuss your interest in applying to become a foster parent and will determine if you are eligible to proceed to Step 3. The worker will conduct a home safety assessment and will review the assessment criteria and materials.
If you are not eligible to proceed, the process stops here.
STEP 3 - APPLICATION AND INVITATION TO ATTEND PRIDE TRAINING
If you are eligible to proceed, a worker will provide you with an application package and invite you to attend the next scheduled PRIDE Pre-Service Training Series. Priority will be given to applicants in the following order:
1. Applicant(s) with previous fostering experience
2. Aboriginal applicant(s) living in Toronto
3. Aboriginal applicant(s) living in the Greater Toronto Area
4. Non-Aboriginal applicant(s) living in Toronto
5. Non-Aboriginal applicant(s) living in the Greater Toronto Area
STEP 4 - ASSESSMENT: SAFE HOME STUDY AND PRIDE TRAINING
During this phase, you will participate in several home visits to complete the Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE), and fill in forms and questionnaires. All required documents will be gathered. You will attend 11 evening sessions of PRIDE training (three hours per evening for a total of 33 hours).
STEP 5 - HOME STUDY DECISION
At this stage, one of three things will happen:
1. Approval: your home is opened for fostering
2. Withdrawal: you withdraw your application
3. Rejection: your home is not approved for fostering