Who Can Foster?
Foster Care Providers come from a wide range of backgrounds, races and religions. Foster Care Providers can be single, married, living common law. They can own or rent their home. They can have children or be childless, or be empty nesters. We especially look for Foster Care Providers for difference ethnic and cultural backgrounds and from the LGBTQ community. To ensure a successful foster placement we believe it is helpful if potential care providers possess some or all of the following:
Previous experience fostering or close involvement with someone who has fostered; experience parenting children/young people; and/or experience working with children and/or youth in a paid or unpaid capacity is is considered an asset, but is not required. In addition, Foster Care Providers are required to have:
- An ability to see beyond a child/youth’s behaviour and link it to past trauma.
- An ability to work within a team, corresponding with several key players including the child/youth’s natural parents, placing agencies, Satori Homes Care team and other Community partners.
- An empathy for, and natural ability to nurture children and youth traumatized by separation from their birth families.
- Patient, dedication and compassion.
- Understanding of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Recognizing the importance of being physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy.
- Sense of humour.
- Willingness to learn and the ability to be flexible, adapt and try new strategies.
- Ability to model appropriate behaviours and lead by example.
- Ability to communicate effectively.
- Plenty of physical and emotional stamina.
- A spare bedroom.
- No previous convictions of child maltreatment (suspected or confirmed).
- A commitment to attend training and resource/support meetings.
- Be available for Plan of Care/CARE Team meetings.
- A willingness to support a child/young person’s attendance to such things as medical appointments, therapeutic services, and recreational activities, including the provision of transport when necessary.
- A drivers licences and access to a vehicle.