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ABOUT FOSTER CHILDREN

Our foster children are children who have come into the care of the Society for a variety of reasons; they may have been neglected, abandoned or abused or parental illness may have prevented a parent from providing the child with the care they required. Children may require a foster home for a few days, weeks, or longer.

Children in care come from diverse ethnic, religious, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The ages of foster children range from infancy to adolescents, and in the case of youth attending school, into early adulthood. When siblings are admitted into care, we try to keep them together.

Each child is unique and has individual requirements that may impact their well being. Children in care may experience feelings of hurt, anger and disappointment; social and/or emotional issues; learning challenges and/or health concerns.

Foster families nurture and care for these children and provide an environment that will promote their adjustment, healing and resiliency. As a key member of a child's care team, foster families work with Society staff to prepare children for the future by providing nurturing opportunities for them to learn, grow, and experience healthy family living.

The rewards of helping a child to grow and thrive far outweigh the challenges of fostering a child. We provide applicant foster parents with many opportunities to learn more about fostering so they can make a well-informed decision about whether fostering is a good fit for their family.