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Become a Foster Parent

Foster Care provides a safe family environment to children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or life-threatening conditions.

Types of Foster Care available:

  • Emergency – immediate care for children on short notice any time of the day or night.
  • Short-term – provides care and prepares children for transition to their families, extended family or another permanent home.
  • Long-term – care for children who are unable to return to their natural families; this may last until children move to independent living.
  • Therapeutic – care for children and youth who have a range of behavioural, social, developmental and emotional problems and possible special education needs.
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1. Benefits

Financial Support

Once a child is placed in their home, foster families receive ongoing financial support from the Ministry of Social Services and the Saskatchewan Foster Families Association. The payment allows foster parents to provide for physical needs including:

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Clothing
  • Personal items
  • Transportation
  • Recreation

Additional funds may be available for expenses such as sports, music lessons, cultural activities and other special needs.

Foster parents who are caring for children with significant behavioural or medical needs may require additional funds beyond the basic compensation rates.

Medical Support

Children in foster care are entitled to receive supplementary medical services, which provides for most health needs, including prescription medication, eye care and dental services.

Training

As part of the family assessment home study process, prospective foster parents participate in PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) Training. PRIDE is a new competency-based model of practice implemented by the Ministry of Social Services to aid in the development and support of foster families.

PRIDE focuses on:

  1. Protecting and nurturing children.
  2. Meeting children’s developmental needs and addressing developmental delays.
  3. Supporting relationships between children and their families.
  4. Connecting children to safe, nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime.
  5. Working as a member of a professional team.

Support

Once a child is placed in their home, foster families receive ongoing support from Social Services and from the Saskatchewan Foster Families Association. Local meetings and support groups give new foster families an opportunity to discuss questions or concerns with experienced foster families.

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2. Eligibility

Foster families come from a diverse range of cultural, educational and economic backgrounds. There is a significant need for Aboriginal and Métis families who can help children maintain their cultural identities.

You may be:

  • Single, married or living common-law;
  • Any race or ethnicity;
  • With or without children of your own;
  • A renter or homeowner; and
  • Experienced with or willing to learn about children with special needs.

You must be:

  • Able to pass a criminal record check (applies to all adults living in the home); and
  • Able to pass a child protection screening, having no current or recent child protection history.
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3. How to apply

Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent

  1. Complete an initial consultation with a foster care caseworker.
  2. Complete an application.
  3. Complete a criminal record check.
  4. Provide medical information and references.
  5. Participate in a family assessment home study with foster care caseworkers.
  6. Complete Foster Parent PRIDE Pre-Service Training as part of the family assessment process.

There is a significant need for Aboriginal and Métis families who can help children maintain their cultural identities.

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4. Apply

Call the Saskatchewan Foster Families Association (SFFA) toll-free at 1-800-667-7002

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5. Further Information

Related documents for Foster Care are available on the Central Publications site.

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