To be ready to foster one or more children, the foster family must commit to:
- devoting time and energy to a baby, a child or teenager and meet their specific needs for affection, attention and care.
- providing a safe, stable, warm and stimulating place to live in the short, medium or long term.
- being able to treat the child they foster just like any other member of the family.
- being able to accept that the child has had a difficult life, and that this may be reflected in their behaviour.
- being able to provide quality services in the best interests of the child, using recognized practices and respecting the law and regulations.
- being available and willing to work with the child’s natural parents, caseworkers from the Youth Centre and other professionals or specialists.
- being ready to facilitate the child’s return to their natural family, if applicable, or the child’s transfer to another place that is appropriate to their needs.