Homes for Kids is a foster parent recruitment program currently serving 12 child protection agencies in Ontario. Member agencies include:
Child welfare agencies in Ontario operate under The Child and Family Services Act. They are non-profit community organizations responsible for the well-being and protection of children, age newborn to 16. When families experience a crisis, the CAS strives to keep children living with their families by providing them with the support they need. However, if a parent is unable to care for a child or the child has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed, that child may be admitted into the care of the CAS. When that happens, CASís are responsible for ensuring that the child has a safe place to go. For most children, that safe place means a foster home.
Homes for Kids is a program that enables several agencies to work together to promote a strong and unified message across several regions about the need for safe homes for children. Homes for Kids is committed to recruiting highly supportive and compassionate families to provide exemplary care to children who, for many reasons, are not able to live with their families. It is also a program committed to recruiting families that are as diverse as the children and youth who make up our communities.
Homes for Kids believes that every child has the right to grow and develop in a family environment within oneís own community. While the types of foster homes required may vary from region to region, every community across Ontario is in need of foster families. Some agencies may have a high need for infant homes; others may need homes for school age children or sibling groups, and almost all communities need foster families to care for teens.
While recruitment efforts over the past ten years have led to an increase in the number of people inquiring about fostering, there is still a shortage of foster homes. Very simply, the number of foster families in Ontario has not increased at the same rate as the number of children being admitted into care. Right now, there are more than 6,000 children in the collective care of the agencies named above. Some of these children need a foster family for a matter of days or weeks while for others, it may be months or even years.
We hope that after visiting this site, you will contact us to find out more, including specific information about the Homes for Kids program in your region. In order to reach your local Homes for Kids representative, please go to the map on the home page and click on your region. (If you live in Toronto, please note you have a choice of Toronto CAS, Toronto Catholic CAS, and Jewish Family and Child Service.) If you're not sure which region to click, don't worry, any one of our representatives will be happy to answer your questions and, if necessary, redirect your call or email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.