Talk to a Homes for Kids representative in your region. To find your local representative, please see the map on the home page of this site and click on the appropriate region. Note that Toronto has three agencies: Toronto CAS; Toronto Catholic CAS; Jewish Family & Child Service of Greater Toronto. Please select the one that best suits you. The representative will answer your questions as well as explain details about the application process. Some agencies offer monthly information nights, others may arrange to meet with you in your home. Please check with your local representative.
The application process takes about four to six months and involves two major components: a SAFE Homestudy and PRIDE Pre-service Training. All foster parent applicants in Ontario must participate in both the homestudy and the training before they can be approved to foster. There is no cost to applicants to participate in the foster parent application process.
PRIDE Training: PRIDE stands for Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education. PRIDE is Ontario’s standardized curriculum for foster and adoptive applicants. All applicants are required to complete the 30-hour training program, which usually runs one evening a week for a ten week period.
SAFE Homestudy: SAFE stands for Structured Analysis and Family Evaluation. SAFE is Ontario’s standardized homestudy format for all foster and adoptive applicants. All applicants, including all family members living in the home, are required to participate in the homestudy, which consists of a series of interviews between a social worker and members of the prospective foster family, usually held in the applicant’s home. The purpose of the homestudy is for the agency to get to know the prospective foster family and to provide a forum for the family to find out more about fostering. It also enables a family to take what they learn in the PRIDE training program and see how it applies to their family.