WHO ARE THE CHILDREN?
Children in foster care range in age from newborn to 18, come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and may come into care on a planned or emergency basis. They may need short or long-term placements, ranging from a few days to many years. Whenever possible, we keep siblings together in foster care. Young adults between the ages of 19 and 21 may be supported on Extended Care and Maintenance.
Children whose parents are unable to care for them temporarily or permanently come into foster care for a wide variety of reasons. These children may be:
Victims of abuse, neglect or family breakdown
Medically fragile children who require intensive, specialized care
Children with severe behavioural or emotional problems
Teens in need of alternative living arrangements when conflict makes it impossible for them to live at home
Many children spend time with their own families during placement in foster care, and whenever possible, we work with families with the goal of reunification. If reunification does not take place, there are a number of different permanency options for these children, which may include placement with relatives (kinship care or kinship services), adoption, or in the case of teens, independent living.
We have a particular need for homes for children under two and for teenagers. Fostering teens can be particularly challenging, and whenever possible, we place teenagers with foster parents who have professional experience working with youth at risk.