Become a Foster Parent

What is foster care?

  • A number of factors may impact or interfere with a caregiver’s ability to meet their children’s needs for a period of days, months and sometimes years. Foster care is an alternate home environment for children and youth up to the age of 18 who are not able to live with their parents/caregivers.
  • Referrals come from Children’s Aid Societies and other agencies across Southwestern Ontario who run programs based on a need for homes that can provide stability, love, understanding and support to children in need.


Who are the children that I could welcome into my home?

  • Children coming into foster care may have experienced difficult circumstances or trauma in their lives. They could be facing developmental, medical, emotional and/or mental health challenges.
  • Every situation and child is unique. WAYS promotes a strength-based approach to supporting children and their families.

Why become a WAYS foster parent?

  • You will have the opportunity to create happy memories and have a positive life-long impact on a child.
  • Satisfaction comes from watching the children thrive, learn and grow.
  • Your own family will get to have new experiences. Children often learn patience, compassion and how to share with others.
  • You will receive training and orientation to gain skills in order to understand and help children be successful.
  • You will have an experienced staff member assigned to your home who will provide guidance, advocacy and support through your journey. You can access support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Financial reimbursement is provided for the daily cost of caring for the children.
  • Access to support from a WAYS clinician for yourselves or the children who come into your home.
  • WAYS is skilled at engaging in a multi-disciplinary approach to support and create customized services to meet a wide variety of needs.
  • WAYS is based in London but we support foster families in other communities such as Chatham, St. Thomas, St. Mary’s and beyond!

Learn More

Contact Linda Shields
Enhanced Foster Care
Program Manager
519-432-2209 x 3352

Thinking of becoming a foster parent?