When a child or youth needs a place of safety outside of their family or extended community, we turn to Foster Parents who provide them with temporary care as we work with their parents to reestablish a safe home environment.

While Foster Parents come from diverse backgrounds, what they all share is a desire and commitment to making a difference in the lives of children, youth,and families.

We know that children and youth are best supported by Foster Parents who reflect and nurture their unique identities. That’s why we’re encouraging Foster Parent applicants from all intersecting identities, including race, culture, religion/creed, gender and sexual orientation, who want to play a role in supporting and strengthening families in their communities.

If you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent, please call or email us to learn more:

jpoon@torontocas.ca or 416-924-4646 x 3545
danderson@torontocas.ca or 416-924-4646 x 3517

Responsibilities of a Foster Parent:

  • Provide a safe, secure and nurturing home to children or youth when they’re in your care
  • Act as an advocate and collaborative member of a child or youth’s support network and participate in planning for their care
  • Support a child or youth in keeping connected to their community and school
  • Help children maintain relationships with their parents and people who are important to them

Foster parents may be:

  • Single, partnered or family
  • Married or common law couples
  • Members of the 2SLGBTQ+ communities
  • Caregivers with or without children
  • Property owner or renter
  • Working outside the home or stay-at-home caregivers

Foster parents often:

  • Like spending time with children and youth
  • Have an understanding of child development and needs
  • Enjoy learning
  • Have an optimistic view on life
  • Are patient and consistent and able to meet new challenges with flexibility