The Aboriginal world view maintains that our children are sacred and that they hold the key to the future of healthy, strong and resilient communities. Every effort will be made by Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) to preserve the family by working together with caregivers to address concerns and making available culturally-safe wraparound supports and other community links to build upon a family’s existing strengths.
Sometimes the challenges facing a caregiver do not allow for a child to safely remain in their home, or a caregiver may voluntarily place a child in care to give them time to access the support they need to resolve identified risks. Every effort will be made to place the child with extended family or community members in other alternative care arrangements such as Customary or Kin Care. If this is not possible, a child or youth may come into foster care.
While foster care is not a substitute for a healthy family, foster providers work together with the caregiver, identified community members and NCFST workers to provide a holistic experience that nurtures a child’s spiritual and cultural needs and supports the development of a strong Aboriginal identity.
Our internal foster homes are thoroughly assessed and approved under SAFE home study and PRIDE
pre-service training models. Homes are licensed by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
(MCCSS) and must comply with provincial standards and regulations under the Child Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA)
. Foster home providers are supported by a NCFST Resource Worker and must comply to the policies and principles set out by NCFST. They are provided with the child’s history and will receive regular support and guidance from their workers to engage collaboratively, respectfully and non-judgementally with the family.
Every foster care provider is expected to support the traditions of a child or youth in their care by attending culturally specific trainings and teachings through NCFST as well as other Aboriginal and mainstream services. Foster care providers will also participate in service planning and attend plans of care with caregivers and workers to ensure that the voices of the caregiver and child are heard.