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Children & Family Services

Foster Parenting


What is the role of a foster parent?

Foster parents (foster families) provide a nurturing environment for a child that is unable to remain in their family home.

How do I apply to be a foster parent?

You apply to become a foster parent by completing the application form and medical form. You must also pass criminal record check – which is a service provided by your local RCMP detachment.

Upon approval of your foster parent application, a Community Social Services Worker will contact you to set-up an in-home visit to see the dynamics of your home and where the child will sleep.

Once you have been approved as a foster parent, a child is placed in your home based on the needs of the child and your established availability for placement. You care for your foster child and fulfill the roles and responsibilities of a foster parent until the child is able to return to a permanent home.

Please note that while the child is in your care, any key decisions must be made in conjunction with your Community Social Service Worker, as the Government of Nunavut is still the legal guardian of the child. For example, you cannot change the child’s appearance or sign any type of consent form for the child.

You receive regular payments to support the care and needs of your foster child.

You agree to continue to communicate with your Community Social Services Worker about the progress of your foster child.

How flexible can I make my commitment to become a foster parent?

There are three types of foster care:

Extended Family Placement – the Child and Family Services Act makes extended family placement the first choice when a child can no longer live at home.
Regular Pre-Approved Foster Care – For community members and families that are approved to care for and emotionally support children of other families in crisis.
Specialized Foster Care – For families that are able to provide medical care and extra support for children who are physically or mentally challenged, or need special care like tube feeding and physical therapy.

Foster families can provide one or more of the following services:

Emergency Placement (at any time).
Short-term Placement (determined by agreement).
Long-term Placement (determined by agreement).

What extra support is available to foster parents?

Foster families experiencing difficulty with a foster child should contact the child’s assigned social worker.