Our caregivers provide children and young people a place to live when they are no longer able to remain in their own home due to child protection concerns.
This allows children to have a safe and nurturing home in a family-based environment while they cannot be with their own families. A caregiving family supports the child until their family can resume care, or a permanent plan is made for them.
As a caregiver, you can expect to receive the following support from us:
- Direct support, training and consultation from a Resource Worker
- A daily, non-taxable allowance to cover costs of living such as food, shelter, travel, and household expenses
- Spending money for the foster child’s clothing, hygiene, recreational needs, and personal spending
- Mileage and relief allowance
- Medical and dental cost coverage for the child/youth
- Access to a range of therapeutic supports and services required by the child
- Participation in CCAS’s network of caregivers
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) support for caregivers
Who Can Become a Caregiver?
The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto is looking for caregivers with a wide range of experiences, ethnicities and cultures. We are looking for a range of diversity in caregivers that is reflective of Toronto’s population.
Caregivers may be:
- Single, coupled, or married
- With or without children
- From the 2SLGBTQ+ community
- Specifically trained in child and youth care, community services, etc.
- Without specific training, but have a willingness to learn and grow
- Employed in or out of their home
Most importantly, caregiving families are dedicated to supporting children, youth and families in need. They are committed to working together with the family and the Society to ensure the safety and well-being of the children and youth involved.
If you are interested in becoming a caregiver, please call the Recruitment Line at 416-395-1720. Our staff will be pleased to assist you, answer your questions, and explain the application process to you.
- If you think you have the special qualities and time to become a caregiver and would like more information,
please call our Recruitment Line at 416-395-1720.
- Our resource staff will be pleased to assist and answer your questions and explain the application process to you.
Some qualifications to become a caregiving family include:
- the compassion and nurturing to care for for a child/youth
- the ability to embrace and support children and families from diverse religious, cultural and racial backgrounds;
- a commitment to the child’s emotional and individual development needs
- team collaboration and communication skills;
- flexibility at work to be available for emergencies, school breaks, meetings, or a secondary caregiver that can provide this support;
- Access to a computer and reliable internet connection
- Physical space required in the home
- Our exceptional caregiving community reflects Toronto’s diversity in language, race, culture, family constellation, and economic circumstance. They provide children with spiritual support consistent with Roman Catholic values and faith.
- Caregivers can be married or single, with or without children. Some are experienced parents with older children, while others are providing care while raising their own children.
- Some caregivers work full-time outside of the home, while others are stay-at-home caregivers. All share a genuine interest in the well-being of children and are dedicated to the caregiving community.
- They provide our children with a safe and nurturing home in a family-based environment when they are not able to remain in their home because of child protection concerns or special needs.
- Caregivers are role models, teachers, and nurturers to children, who help them develop healthy self-esteem, values, and positive behaviours.
- Besides ensuring that a child’s mental, emotional and physical needs are met, caregivers help maintain familial, cultural, social and religious ties. This includes offering support to the child’s biological family.
- Our caregivers work as a team with CCAS staff, children and their parents to establish the best plan of care for the child. The initial plan is usually to reunite a child with his or her family; however, sometimes this is not possible. In these situations, CCAS staff work with the child, parents, extended family, and caregiving families to develop a plan for them to live in the best permanent home possible — this could include living with a relative (kinship care), private guardianship, or adoption.
- Children come from a variety of backgrounds and can range from newborns to teenagers (0-18 years of age).
- Some children need emergency care for overnight or short-term care for a few weeks. Depending on the circumstances, others may need long-term care before they are ready to re-join their family or start living independently after turning 18.
- While some children may have been voluntarily placed in CCAS’s care, the family court system may have required others to be placed in our care. Most children are placed in our care because they may have experienced:
- illness, death, or conflict in the family
- neglect or abandonment
- physical, sexual or emotional abuse
- Discussing your interest in becoming a caregiver with our staff
- Reviewing our detailed information package
- Attending our caregiving information night
- Completing a home visit with a CCAS Resource Worker
- Submitting a completed application form
- Attending a Parent Resource for Information, Development, Education (PRIDE) training session
- Upon your application’s approval, a thorough home study is completed
How soon a child is placed with you after your home study approval depends on the children you have decided to provide care for. For example, if you are willing or able to care for teens, siblings or children with special and/or complex needs, a child will be placed with you more quickly.
Families Need Help – You Can Be That Help
Welcome and thank you for your interest in caregiving with the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto!
Caregiving is an important part of the service we offer to children, youth and families and you could be a part of that!
As a Catholic agency, we are committed to serving families who are in need of support. We strive to provide conscious and equitable service to meet the needs of families while minimizing the impact on Indigenous, Black and other equity seeking groups who have been the most impacted by systemic oppression.
We encourage you to view the videos below to hear more about caregiving from our Executive Director, and some of the current caregivers in our community. Remember, you can make a difference in someone’s life!
Connect with us by calling us at 416-395-1520. We look forward to hearing for you!