When a family becomes involved with the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CAST), every effort is made to support parents and build their capacity to keep their child or youth safely at home. If this cannot occur, we support parents by seeking help from their extended family, friends or community members to ensure the child or youth can live with people they know and trust. When this option is not available, the child or youth may be brought to a place of safety with Foster Parents who provide them with a temporary, supportive and stable environment during a time of need.

The goal of foster parenting is to provide children and youth with a short-term setting that supports their well-being, encourages their growth and nurtures their identities as we work with their parents to address issues that are putting their family’s safety at risk. While the legal responsibility for the child or youth remains with CAST, Foster Parents play an important role in a child or youth’s daily life.



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