Foster Care Department
Kina Gbezhgomi Child & Family Services: Foster Care Department
The Foster Care Program provides temporary family-based care within the First Nations of the United Chiefs and Council of Manitoulin and Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve. Reinforcing Native values, customs and traditions by maintaining the cultural bond between the child in care and his/her community.
The Foster Care Program is licensed to recruit, screen and train a pool of foster parent applicants:
- To approve foster homes.
- To provide supervision and support to foster parents.
- To maintain the necessary link with the placing agency and collaterals, AND,
- To ensure that the needs of child(ren) and foster parents are met, while the child(ren) are in care.
The number of Anishinaabe children in care with the Children’s Aid Society means that many of our children are being raised in Non-Native homes, whereby, our children are being raised without the continual life experience—what makes a child unique as being Anishinaabe.
Our Foster Care Department will continue to enhance services through the development of exceptional programs for foster families and foster children, and with the delivery of the Therapeutic Foster Care program aimed to offer care for high needs.
You can assist our children by becoming a Foster Care Parent.
Working Together In The Spirit Of Families.
Keeping Our Children In Our Communities…May not be as hard as it sounds. There are several ways in which we, as community members—as family members, can help.
Be prepared to take in your grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc. should the parent(s) be unable to care for the children, for what ever reason. This will provide the children a safe, familiar place to be until they can be reunited with their parents. Remember, this can be a very scary time for the children—keeping them within the family system will help them adjust to the changes they are experiencing.
Types of Foster HomesAnother way is to become a foster parent. Kina Gbezhgomi is always ready to take applications for the following types of homes.
Regular Foster Home
Provides all the essential elements of family life a child needs throughout his/her placement—the child can be quite readily to be integrated into the Foster Family and have his/her needs met by following the family’s normal daily routines.
Provides foster care on an unplanned or emergency basis for up to five days, and if possible and necessary will accept the child on a regular basis or until extended family can be explored.
Provides foster care to children already placed in a Kina Gbezhgomi or CAS Foster Home. Regular Foster Parents are entitled to two relief days every month.
Provisional Foster Home
A specific home for a specific child(ren) – they do not wish to foster other children.
A long-term home that works with a multi-disciplinary team to provide care and treatment for children between the ages of 6-12 years old, that present high behavioural needs.
How Do I Become A Foster Parent?Contact the Foster Care Department at (705)859-1010. We will discuss the Program with you and if you are interested we will begin a Foster Care Home Study which involves the following process.
Criminal Record checks for all household members over the age of 18.
- C.A.S. Record Check
- 3 Personal References
- Medical Report
- Housing and Safety
- Individual Interviews with applicants
- Orientation and Training
The process is confidential and will be completed by Kina Gbezhgomi Foster Care Worker at time that are convenient for your family.
What Can I Expect When I Foster?Although bringing a child into your home can be challenging, but the rewards are endless.
- A per diem is paid for each night that a child is placed in your home as well other costs known as reimbursable.
- Ample support from Kina Gbezhgomi Foster Care Workers and Staff to assist you in caring for children placed in your home.
- Training and various topics including child development, behaviours etc.
Two day’s of paid relief a month for Regular Foster homes.
Contact Information98 Pottawatomi Avenue
Wikwemikong, ON P0P 2J0
After Hours: 705-859-2100
Toll Free: 1-877-379-1010