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The Children's Aid Society of Oxford County is responsible for the safety and protection of children. Wherever possible, the Children's Aid Society works to keep children in their own family. When children cannot remain at home because of serious concerns about their safety and protection, they come into the care of the Children's Aid Society where every effort is made to give a child a family and a home. Where possible, the preferred option is to place the child with a member of their immediate or extended family or a member of the community. If this is not possible, foster care may be the best alternative.

Foster parents provide short-term, long-term, or respite homes for children in the care of the Children's Aid Society. Foster parents work with the CAS staff as part of a team to develop a plan for each child in care. The ideal plan is usually to reunite a child with their family. Where this is not possible, the plan may include adoption or long-term foster care. Foster parents provide stability, and a caring home that encourages a child's growth and development. While the legal responsibility for the child remains with the agency, foster parents play an important role in the child's daily life.

Kinds of Foster Care Opportunities:

Children come into care for many different reasons including abuse and neglect as well as other family problems. Foster parents are consulted to ensure the best possible match.

  • Regular Foster Care: A temporary foster home to provide for the daily needs of the child(ren).
  • Relief Foster Care: A respite home to provide relief and alternative care for children and foster families.
  • Kinship Foster Care: Extended family members or friends may provide foster care to a specific child.
  • Emergency Foster Care: Temporary homes available 24 hours a day for children when placement is needed and a long-term plan has not yet been identified.

Who Can Be a Foster Parent?

We invite inquiries regardless of race, marital status, gender, religion and sexual orientation. The love of young people, optimism, patience and consistency are essential qualities of successful foster parents.

Training and Support:

The Children's Aid Society of Oxford County offers a nine-session P.R.I.D.E. Pre-Service Training (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education). A Society worker will also conduct a home study which includes interviews and home visits. Each foster family and child in care has their own support worker. The Society offers ongoing training and education opportunities. Mutual support and networking among foster parents is available through the local Foster Parents Association.

Financial Support:

Foster families receive daily, non-taxable compensation for the living expenses of each child in their home. Many other expenses are also covered such as clothing, medical and dental costs, school supplies, recreation expenses and transportation costs.