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Information on steps to become foster parent

Postby JaynaF on Sun Jan 20, 2013 2:20 pm

I'm curious what the steps are and how long the process takes to becoming a foster parent? I've read the steps on the ministry site, curious if anyone has gone through this recently and would care to share their experience? Specific questions I have are: How long does the process take from start to the time you are placed with a child, and do you get to choose the age of child? any other info would be great :) Thanks!!
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Re: Information on steps to become foster parent

Postby Samandemma on Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:00 pm

If you google Ministry of Children and Families foster parents it will bring up a site with information on fostering. There are information nights that are very helpful.
AFABC (Adoptive Families Assn of BC) can also give you information.
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Re: Information on steps to become foster parent

Postby mamacat on Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:03 am

I went through the process about 7 years ago. We fostered for two years before we had our own children.
When I went through it we had to attend a course on fostering that was free and put on by MCFD. I believe it was a couple nights or maybe a weekend. After that was completed we were linked with a social worker that works specifically with foster parents. We went through all the safety checks and home visits. That took a few weeks to complete it all. Then we were on the foster parent list. We welcomed our first child into our home shortly after that...maybe two weeks. But between that time we received a couple calls about other children that needed care. As a foster parent, you are able to kind of pick an choose what child would be best in your home and situation. We fostered the one child for two years before she was successfully transititioned back into her home.
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