Durham CAS is in need of foster homes and is hosting a series of information sessions in January and February to inform people about the need and the process, and to dispel myths about fostering.
In a media release, officials state foster parents and their families work with Durham CAS staff to provide a stable and supportive home environment for children who need a safe, temporary place to live.
“When placing a child in care, Durham CAS considers the best interest of the child, and whenever possible, finds a cultural match to ensure the greatest stability. Families of all cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Ensuring consistency in children’s lives provides stability and supports a more positive transition during this disruptive time,” the media release states.
Homes are needed for children of all ages, especially babies, teens and sibling groups. Approximately 25 homes are needed to provide a consistent complement of homes, ensuring that children are placed in the most appropriate setting for their needs.
Foster families are from all cultures and socio-economic backgrounds, and include all types of family composition (single or partnered, LGBT2SQ+, with or without children, etc.).
The upcoming information sessions will address questions regarding topics such as parents who work at home or outside of the home, families with pets, and family composition. The sessions will answer questions regarding the training, financial compensation and ongoing supports provided to foster families.
Information session are scheduled as follows:
Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m., Durham CAS office, 1320 Airport Boulevard, Oshawa
Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., Pickering Public Library, 1 The Esplanade South, Pickering
Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., Scugog Community Recreation Centre, 1655 Reach Street, Port Perry
Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m., Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Durham Regional Hwy 2, Bowmanville