Application Process

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Application process

The foster parent application process includes the following general steps:


1. Initial contact

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact our office either by phone or email. You may download an application form and mail the completed and signed form to our office.


2. Basic qualifications assessment

Once your form has been received and reviewed, a Children First recruitment officer will contact you and ask you a series of questions to assess your qualifications to be a foster parent.


3. Foster care awareness session

Following a positive qualifications assessment, the recruitment officer will advise you when the next awareness session will be held. You have the option of attending a formal presentation, or of having a representative visit you in your home.


4. Pre-screening

After the foster care awareness session, the foster care screening and intake worker will interview you and discuss any questions you may have. This interview will ensure that you meet the basic eligibility requirements.


5. Security checks

Every potential caregiver will be required to undergo a criminal record check, intervention (child welfare) record check, and foster care record check.


6. References

You will be asked to provide personal references, medical references, work references (for the primary income provider), and information about your interest in becoming a foster parent.


7. Caregiver orientation training

Training consists of eight three-hour modules (24 hours total) that address a variety of topics, including child development, the special needs of children in care, duties and responsibilities of foster parents, and supports provided to foster parents. Training also explores your motivation for fostering and whether the demands made upon a foster family are compatible with your family’s values and goals. All foster parents must complete this training before they can be approved. The scheduling of the training varies, with options to attend Saturday or evening sessions.


8. Home study

You will be asked to complete a foster care home self-assessment report. The assessment worker will then arrange several appointments to meet with you and your family, depending on family size and complexity. These meetings will include a discussion of your family’s history, relationships, and significant events, and how your family works and communicates together. Discussions will focus on whether or not the demands of fostering, with regional expectations, will match your family’s values and dynamics.

At the conclusion of the home study, you and your assessment worker will jointly decide whether the fostering journey is right for your family, and whether you and the agency can have a positive working relationship.



Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge Treaty 6 territory—the traditional and ancestral territory of the Cree, Dene, Blackfoot, Saulteaux , Nakota Sioux and Métis Peoples. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands since time immemorial. We respect their histories, languages, and cultures whose presence continues to enrich our community. We are grateful for the traditional Elders and Knowledge Keepers who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. We make this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we are visiting and striving to live in harmony with.

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UP’s main administrative office is located in Edmonton, Alberta.


P: 780-440-0708
Centre 170, Suite 145
10403 – 172 Street
Edmonton, AB, T5S 1K9

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