Peel CAS recognizes that everyone benefits when foster caregivers are offered quality training. In order to enhance knowledge and develop child-related skills, continuous learning opportunities are offered through accredited, certified and general interest programs. Foster caregivers are required to attend a minimum of two training courses per year.
The Province of Ontario's Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services has developed a Quality Standards Framework (QSF) that includes new legislation that was implemented effective July 1, 2023. The QSF provides guidelines for best practices to support vulnerable children and young persons in residential / foster care, and help to meet their needs, support them to thrive, and achieve positive outcomes. All approved caregivers will require at minimum:
Some examples of the variety of courses offered include:
Peel CAS provides all foster and adoption families with personal support throughout the application process. Once approved, families continue to receive ongoing support from a Permanency Worker as well as a child and youth worker if needed, access to a support group and other services as required. Caregivers have access to a 24-hour emergency telephone line.
Foster caregivers are not paid a salary. At the end of the month, they receive a fixed daily rate to cover the cost of food, shelter and other general expenses associated with caring for a child. The money received by caregivers is non-taxable.