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Holding Hands

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Not everyone is called to Foster or Adopt...

But we can each do something!

One of the great misconceptions is that the only way to care for vulnerable children is to adopt.

 

But... you don't have to take children into your home to make a HUGE difference in the life of a child.

The key ingredient needed to make a HUGE difference...

More than your suitability...

Is your availability!

Are you willing to engage?

The sections below give examples of some of the different ways in which average, every day people can make a big impact.

Give

  • Support existing organizations serving children and families

    • Volunteer with kids​

    • Volunteer professional skills

    • Donate finances

    • Donate needed items

    • Fundraise

    • Promote/raise awareness

Be a Supporting Friend

  • Know the family

    • Understand and become more comfortable with the unique dynamics and needs​

    • Learn about childhood trauma

    • Gain trauma-informed parenting skills

  • Driving kids:

    • To school, work, camp, church, youth group, appointments

    • Rides for biological kids, foster kids, adopted kids

  • Mentoring:

    • Through an official organization​

    • Informal mentoring

    • Educational tutoring

  • Babysitting

    • Go out for ice cream​

    • Go to a movie

    • Go on a bike ride

    • Take kids to the park

    • Watch kids in their home

  • Be a supporting friend:

    • Check in calls,

    • Bring coffee/meals
    • Help with home chores: laundry, dishes, yard work 
    • Help with car maintenance

    • Assist with school supplies

    • Pick up groceries, prescriptions etc.

    • Meet the family, learn the needs, offer your help

    • Invite/include the family to social events

    • Come to birthday parties and special events

Foster Parenting

  • Care for children in your home on a temporary basis until the provincial government determines their permanency plan (returning to family, extended family or adoption)

    • Required:

      • Home study​

      • Criminal Record Check

      • Training

      • Working with provincial social workers

    • Financial reimbursement

Respite
(for a specific family)

  • Be a relief home that can care for foster children that you know for a short time when foster parents are unable to

    • Required:

      • Criminal record check

      • Approval of your home

      • Sign documents of agreement

    • Paid compensation from government

Respite 
(for foster families in your area)

  • Be a relief home available to any foster children in your area for a short time when foster parents are unable to

    • Required:

      • Become a full foster parent

      • Choose to open your home only for respite

    • Paid compensation from government

Adoption

  • The process:

    • Once the parental rights of a child have been terminated

    • First search is for existing family members and close friends, broaden to Foster parents etc.

    • Matched from a list of waiting homes

    • Placement with a family

    • Follow-up visits during the placement period

    • Adoption finalized

    • Post-adoption assistance available for adoptions of Canada's waiting children

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