Become A Foster Parent
Kina Gbezhgomi is seeking loving, safe Anishnaabe caregivers for Anishnaabe children that require foster care. Many of these children are your neighbours, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and community members. However, each year many Anishnaabe children are placed with non-Native foster families because we do not have enough Anishnaabe homes available. Our communities have the knowledge, skills, and family networks to take care of our children. We need Anishnaabe people like you to become foster care givers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do foster parents do?
The role of the foster family is to provide a safe and nurturing home until the birth family is ready to meet the needs of their child. Foster parents help the child to understand what is happening and to cope with their feelings during this difficult time. They need to be able to respond to the child with patience, calm, love and guidance. Foster parents are vitally important in supporting the child’s relationship with their birth family.
Why do children require foster care?
There are a variety of reasons why children in our communities might require the care of a foster family.
- Neglect, physical or sexual abuse
- Emotional harm and/or exposure to conflict
- Child has been abandoned or orphaned
- Conflict betwen the child and the caregiver
- Current caregiver has a demonstrated inability to care for or protect the child
How are foster parents supported?
Kina Gbezhgomi Child And Family Services assist foster parents by providing:
- 24 hour support
- Home visits
- Resources for meeting the child’s needs
- Compensation for Expenses and daily care
- Reimbursement for cultural activities, sports and recreation
- Education training supports
Foster Care Arrangements
There are three common foster care arrangements facilitated by Kina Gbezhgomi Child And Family Services.
Become A Foster Parent Today!
If you are interested in fostering, contact our Foster Care Department to discuss the program in more detail. We will begin a Foster Care Home Study that includes the following:
- Police vulnerable sector check and CAS record checks (all household members, 18 years and older)
- Personal references
- Medical support
- Housing and safety review
- Individual interviews for household members (6 years of age and older)
Foster parents can decide to provide care for specific children known to them through kinship or customary care or provide regular care to First Nations’ children as required. Foster parents are urgently needed to provide regular care, specialized and therapeutic foster care services, as well as relief services.