The Foster Care program includes the recruitment, screening, training, support and utilization of families to provide care to children who can no longer live with their own family. Family and Children's Services of St. Thomas and Elgin encompasses an equal opportunity foster parent association. In this mission we strive to build an inclusive foster parent resource that reflects the rich diversity of the community we live in. To this end we encourage applications from persons of all abilities, cultures, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations.
Most children are placed in foster homes temporarily, ranging from a few days to several months, while other services are provided to help a family through a crisis and make the home safe for the child's return. However, some children cannot return home, and are provided with care and support until they are independent adults
- Steps to becoming a foster parent
While we strive to preserve and strengthen each child's family to the greatest extent possible, children remain the central focus of our services.
Kinship Services and Kinship Care
There are two kinship programs available through the Children's Aid Society of St. Thomas and Elgin - Kinship Service and Kinship Care. Both programs are designed to allow children to be placed in the care of people they know, often members of their extended family and/or other members of the child's community support group - someone the child is familiar with. Kinship options are always explored for children who are in need of protection, prior to having a child placed in foster or group care situations. (More Information)