JF&CS is urging you to find room in your home and your heart for a child who desperately needs support and shelter.
Typically, our "kids in care" are:
- victims of abuse, neglect or family breakdown
- children with physical or developmental challenges
- children whose parents are not able to care for them
- troubled teens in need of alternative living arrangements when they cannot live at home
Unfortunately, we face an ongoing struggle to place children in Jewish homes.
We welcome Jewish foster parents of all levels of religious observance across the GTA. It is our hope that together, we can explore if fostering is right for you and if this is the right time for your family to become involved, but we believe you need more
information before you consider taking on this very important role.
What are the requirements to become a JF&CS foster parent?
Jewish Family & Child welcomes individuals:
- who are at least 25 years old
- who are straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender
- who have a sustainable income
- who are renters or homeowners with enough room for a foster youth
- who are/are not currently parents
- who are able to pass a criminal background check
- who are Jewish or have a spouse/partner who is Jewish
What area do I need to live in to foster with JF&CS?
JF&CS services the Greater Toronto Area and York Region .
I work. Can I still become a foster parent?
Yes! Many of our foster parents have full or part time careers. Retirees are also welcome to apply to become foster parents.
Is it necessary to be married to become a Jewish Family & Child foster parent?
No it isn't. JF&CS welcomes individuals who are single and/or divorced, in addition to married couples and domestic partners. One person must be Jewish to be eligible.
Who are the children in Jewish Family & Child’s foster care program?
We work with children between the ages of 0 and 18 who have been hurt by abuse and neglect and have been removed from their biological families through no fault of their own. In some instances, our children have been in the foster care system for quite a while and have had one or two prior placements before finding the appropriate match. As a result of past trauma, they may experience behavioral and emotional challenges that necessitate a solid level of care.
What is specialized foster care?
The program offers a family-based treatment alternative to group care for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Using trained foster parents as the primary caregivers, this program blends the normalizing features of foster family care with counseling, case management, and support services. Our team of social workers, therapists and foster families provides each child with a warm, supportive home environment that encourages healthy growth and development.
How long will a child live with me?
This depends on whether you decide to provide emergency, long-term, or respite care. Emergency foster placements may be as short as one day. Long-term placements can be six months or longer, and can sometimes last for several years. Respite care placements are short-term and occur when foster youth need a temporary place to stay, or are in transition between placements.
What support services are available to Jewish Family & Child’s foster parents?
JF&CS provides an extensive array of support services to foster parents, including:
- foster parent training
- a monthly financial stipend
- 24 hour on-call support
- home visits from social workers and support counselors
- ongoing training and skills development
- holiday celebrations and special events
- respite care
What steps do I take to become a Jewish Family & Child foster parent?
Becoming a foster parent is a multi-step process that typically takes about six months. Here is an overview of the necessary steps:
- Attend a foster parent information session to learn more about our programs, the certification requirements, and the children we serve.
- Schedule an initial walk-through of your home. This allows us to evaluate your home for space and safety in anticipation of housing foster youth.
- Complete the application packet and provide required documentation.
- Attend 30 hours of pre-certification training.
- Participate in a home study with a Jewish Family & Child social worker.
- Complete a medical check, police check and child welfare background check (required for all members of the household who are over the age of 18).
- Schedule a final walk-through of your home to ensure compliance with Ministry licensing regulations.
Once these steps are complete and you become approved foster parent, we will begin the matching process!
To learn more, please contact the JF&CS Intake Department at 416.638.7800. Tell them you're interested in fostering!