What types of children are in care?
Most children enter foster care because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. If the problems leading to placement are solved, children may be returned home. If not, children may become available for adoption. Children in care range in age from birth to 18 years of age and have various backgrounds.

How long will a foster child be in my home?
There is no set length for a foster placement. It depends on the circumstances of the child and his/her birth family. When a child is placed in your home, there may be an estimated length of time the child is expected to stay.

Do I have a say in which child is placed in my home?
Foster parents can specify the specific needs, age, gender and number of children they wish to care for.

What are the costs of foster care?
There are no fees associated with becoming approved foster or adoptive parents. The home study and training are provided free of charge.

Will I receive financial assistance for the children in my care?
Yes. You will receive a payment designed to cover expenses such a board, food, clothing, recreation, etc. Amounts vary based on the type of care you provide. It is best not to view foster care as employment as the payment generally covers the expenses of the child.

Do I have to own my home?
Foster and adoptive parents may own or rent, their home or condo. Families who rent must have their landlord’s permission to become foster parents.

Do I have to be married?
You do not have to be married. You can be single, divorced, or legally separated.

Can I work outside of the home?
Foster parents can work outside of the home. However, in most cases, having one parent at home, or having a flexible or part-time position often works best for the children.

What is the biggest need in the Greater Victoria area?
The biggest need is loving families for safe babies, children over the age of ten, children that are part of a sibling group or children with special emotional or physical needs.
What is the “Safe Babies” program?
“Safe Babies” are infants who have been exposed pre-natally to drugs and/or alcohol. Many are born addicted and require specialized care.

Are there special requirements to take care of ‘Safe Babies’ in my home?

Yes. Because of the nature of their situation, homes that will be accepted into the Safe Baby program do have specific requirements, such as being a two parent home, with no other children under the age of 10 and “ideally” with one or both parents having some specialized training.

Please contact us at 778-430-5469 or fosterhope@fpsss.com for more information.

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