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Becoming a Foster Caregiver | BC Foster Parents Association

Becoming a Foster Caregiver

Right now, there are more than 5,000 kids across BC who need temporary foster families when they can’t live at home.

Many of these children and teens come from hard places; however, fostering can have a huge positive impact on their lives.

Our foster families come from a variety of backgrounds, each with different life experiences, skills, and qualities. They do, however, share a few things in common:

  • All are residents of BC who are (at least) 19 years of age
  • Their homes are safe and nurturing
  • Each is comfortable in providing guidance and supervision that meets the child’s needs and cultural heritage
  • They are active members of the child’s care team

Steps to Becoming a Foster Caregiver

Step One | Call Us

Call us toll-free at 1-800-663-9999 to request an information package, which can be sent to you by e-mail or regular mail. You can also email us via the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Step Two | Complete and Send Intake Form

Once you have read through the information package, you can fill out the online Foster Caregiver Applicant Intake Form, which we will then forward to the ministry office or DAA in your area. If you’d rather, you can also download the intake form as a PDF and mail it to us.

Step Three | Attend Info Session

After we’ve processed your intake form, we will give you information on the next information session in your area. Information sessions are designed to help prospective foster caregivers make the decision about fostering.

Topics include:

  • How to become a foster caregiver
  • What’s involved in being a foster caregiver
  • An overview of BC’s foster care system
Step Four | Application Package

If your application is accepted, you will undergo an assessment process which will include:  

  • Four personal references – one must be from a relative
  • A medical assessment completed by a physician
  • 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)
  • A prior contact check for previous child welfare involvement
Step Five | Assessment

If your application is accepted, you will undergo an assessment process before a child or youth is placed in your home. This process includes reference checks, medical checks, any historical and/or current involvement with MCFD/DAA, as well as criminal record checks on all adults over18 years of age who live in the home. Please note that the process of becoming a foster parent may vary in some regions.

Step Six | Training

Once the initial screening is complete, you will be invited to take the required PRIDE pre-service training for foster caregivers. PRIDE Pre-Service training is required for all new prospective caregivers. PRIDE Pre-Service is 35 hours of online training, facilitated by a group of specialized virtual facilitators, and is completed over a 12-week period. Your social worker will register you for the training.

Ongoing training is required and expected of all foster caregivers to support professional development and to further their specialized knowledge and skills.

Step Seven | Placement with Home Study

A social worker will conduct a number of in-home interviews with prospective foster caregivers and their families to assess their:

  • Home environment
  • Parenting skills to meet the needs of a child or youth in care
  • Willingness and ability to collaborate with social workers, a child’s family and extended family, and, where appropriate, a child’s Indigenous community
Step Eight | Placement

Once the approval process is successfully completed, you will be asked to sign an agreement outlining your responsibilities and those of MCFD or the DAA.

Once the above is complete, a child or youth may now be placed in your home. The length of time that you may wait for your first placement depends on the needs within your community.

Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent in BC

Call us today at 1-800-663-9999 to request an information package or fill out our online intake form below. If you’d rather, you can also download the intake form as a PDF and mail it to us.

Foster Parent Intake Form

Foster Parent Intake Form

To begin the process of becoming a Foster Caregiver, please complete the following form.

First
Last
Age Range
Are you and/or your partner Indigenous, First Nations, Métis or Inuit?
If you would prefer to foster for a Delegated Aboriginal Agency, do you have a preference which agency receives your intake?
Do you have any parenting experience?
Check all that apply:
Are you currently parenting?
It is a requirement that foster caregivers and anyone in your home 18 years or older, consent for a records review to see if there has been any prior involvement with a child welfare agency. Will you and others in your home over the age of 18 consent to this review?
Will you and others in your home over 18 years of age consent to a Criminal Records Check?
Are you prepared to provide temporary care to a child while working with their family to support the goal of returning the child to the family? This is the primary goal of foster care.
Are the primary caregivers in your home willing to commit to participating in and completing the mandatory caregiver training that will be made available to you?
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Phone

Main:
604-544-1110

Toll-Free Foster Parent Line:
1-800-663-9999

Office hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday

Foster Parent Support Line (MCFD)​:
1-888-495-4440

Accessible weekdays from 4:00pm to 12:45am
Statutory Holidays & Weekends: 8:00am to 12:45am

EMERGENCY AFTER HOURS

Foster parents are encouraged to call this number in the event of an EMERGENCY or CRISIS occurring after regular office hours:

1-800-663-9122

REPORT CHILD ABUSE

If you think a child or youth under 19 years of age is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to a child welfare worker. Phone 1 800 663-9122 at any time of the day or night. Visit the Government of BC website for more info.

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Langley, BC V3A 7R3

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