How Do I Become A Foster Parent?
The assessment process for foster families is understandably thorough. However, it ensures families best meet the needs the children and teens who will require their support.
- Your name and age
- The names and ages of the people who live with you
- What kind of space you have available in your home
- The children you could foster (e.g. age, gender or special needs)
- How to become a foster caregiver
- What's involved in being a foster caregiver
- Experiences from current foster caregivers
- An overview of B.C.'s foster care system
- Four personal references – one must be from a relative
- A medical assessment completed by a physician
- A criminal record check and/or review (anyone over 18 years old who will be living in the home must have a criminal record check done)
- Prior contact check
- Have the skills and home needed to properly care for a child
- Demonstrate willingness to collaborate with the social worker, the child’s family, and, where appropriate, the child's Aboriginal community
What Happens After I’m Approved?
Once approved, the home is made available for placements. When appropriate, a Family Care Home contract is signed and a social worker works with foster caregivers to decide which child will live in their home. Foster caregivers can say what their preference is for age and gender of a child who will ‘fit in' best with their family. Children and teens in care also need to be involved in the decision.