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Fostering at York

Fostering at York

We are available and continuing to provide essential services for children, youth and families.

If you have concerns about a child or youth at risk, please contact us as usual, 24/7 at 905-895-2318.

All children's aid societies have been deemed an essential service by the Ontario government. As such we are continuing to deliver essential services to children, youth and families. In order to minimize person-to-person contact, some of our offices buildings are closed to the public.

Most of our staff members are working remotely and are reachable by email and phone. We continue to visit families as needed and are taking every precaution to ensure their health and safety, along with that of our staff and the community at large.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this challenging time while we all strive to ensure the well-being of everyone in our community.

Please follow us on social media for the latest updates and more resources.

Our commitment to support families

We are very concerned about the health and well-being of everyone in our community, and we are especially concerned for families who may be struggling with mental health concerns, financial constraints or other challenges in caring for their children.

We are making every effort to develop creative solutions to help families in these unprecedented times.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment tool from the Province of Ontario to help determine how to seek further care.

We are all in this together, and the best advice we have to combat this virus is from our public health agencies. We recommend following all of the guidelines set out by public health in terms of hygiene and social distancing.

Practice Physical Distancing

Mandatory Use of Face Masks and Coverings

Community Supports in York Region

Additional Resources

Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies: wide range of resources for families

Public Health

York Region Health Department

Public Health Ontario

Health Canada

Mental Health Supports

CAMH / Coping with Mental Health and Covid-19

Kids Help Phone

Naseeha (mental health phone peer support)

Community Resources

The Gap Committee

United Way

The 519 / COVID-19 Care

First Nations Hope for Wellness Helpline

Feed the Need

LGBT Youthline

Assaulted Women's Helpline

Carea Community Health Centre

Trans LifeLine

Government Resources

Employment and Social Development Canada

Ontario government

Help for families: Talking to kids about Coronavirus

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

COVIBOOK: Supporting and reassuring children around the world

How to Talk to Kids and Teens About the Coronavirus

Supporting the emotional wellbeing of children during the pandemic

First Nations Child & Family Caring Society

Family Emergency Planning for COVID-19

York Region Public Health and Social Services are asking parents and caregivers to plan ahead and make a Family Emergency Plan for COVID-19, in the event somebody in your household gets infected with COVID-19. This plan should include arrangements for an emergency caregiver in case you cannot care for your children due to self-isolation requirements or because you are too ill or need to be hospitalized.

York Region has developed a COVID-19 Resource Package for Parents and Caregivers that includes:

•  Targeted Emergency Child Care for health care and other front-line workers

•  Telephone Support for Parents with Children (up to Age Six)

•  Information about booking COVID-19 Vaccinations (As of May 25, 2021, anyone 12+ living or working in York Region can book an appointment for their COVID-19 vaccination)