If you have concerns about a child please call 705.743.9751 or 1.800.661.2843

Kawartha Haliburton CAS
Kawartha Haliburton CAS

Who Are Foster Parents?

Foster parents are individuals or couples with a genuine interest in children and a sense of community responsibility. They come from all walks of life, but share a common mission to provide safety and security for children. Foster parents know and understand that for every story of sorrow and pain, there is a story of healing and success.

What do we require of our foster parents?

  • The desire to love, accept and parent a child or youth
  • The ability to nurture
  • Flexibility
  • You must have a basic understanding of the needs of children and/or youth, and a willingness to learn
  • Past experience caring for children or youth is a definite advantage.
  • Working foster parents must arrange appropriate supervision for children and youth.
  • Optimism, tolerance, patience and consistency are essential to the successful foster family.

Yes, there are challenges…

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Mahatma Gandhi

There are many challenges for those families who become foster parents. You will experience a variety of emotions. Children come into the care of Kawartha Haliburton CAS for many reasons and the needs of children in care vary. Children and youth may present with a range of emotional and/or behavioural challenges; they are in care for varying lengths of time and many will return to the care of the parent or caretaker.   The challenge for the foster family is to provide the physical and emotional support to children, while recognizing the difficulty of letting go when a permanent plan is implemented.

Who can become a foster parent?

  • You can be single or a couple.
  • Have stable physical/emotional health, finances and family relationships
  • You must be at least 21 years of service
  • You may rent or own your own home
  • You must be self-supporting
  • Applicants can be working outside of the home
  • You may or may not have children of your own
  • Are willing to work as part of a team (Society staff, primary family, community professionals) in the best interests of the children;
  • Are willing to support children’s religious, cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds and support those who identify as LGBT2SQ;
  • Understand the developmental needs of children; and
  • Are open to ongoing training and education.
  • You must provide a vulnerable sector screening report by police and be approved through a detailed home study process
  • You must complete 27 hours of pre-service training prior to the completion of the home study
  • You are willing to work with the guidelines, Mission, Vision and Values of KHCAS

Updates from Kawartha Haliburton CAS

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KHCAS Offices closed Monday, Feb 18 to recognize Family Day

The KHCAS Offices located in Peterborough, Lindsay and Haliburton will be closed Monday, February 18 in recognition of Family Day. If you have concerns about ...

Office Closure - Tuesday, Feb 12 @ 3pm


Due to today’s inclement weather, the KHCAS Peterborough and Lindsay offices will close at 3pm today. To report a concern about a child, please call 705.743.9751 ...

Haliburton Office Closure - Tuesday, Feb 12 @ 11am

HALIBURTON OFFICE CLOSURE - Tuesday, Feb 12 at 11am

Due to today’s inclement weather, the KHCAS Haliburton Office will close at 11am today (Tuesday, Feb 12). To report a concern about a child, please call ...

PALS: Understanding Attachment Styles Feb 26 2019

PALS Network presents Understanding Attachment Styles in Adults and Children - Feb 26 from 6-8pm, Durham CAS

Join us on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 as the PALS Adoption Support Group presents:  Understanding Attachment Styles in Adults and Children. Tuesday, February 26, ...

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