Become a Foster Parent.
Foster families come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you are a single adult, married or common-law partners, single parent, or already have children of your own (small or grown-up), you can be a foster family.
Tikinagan provides support and services for families who are experiencing difficulties, and works to help these families find resources to heal. Whenever possible, we work to keep children and families together, and to help parents care for their children.
Some situations, however, require that children live apart from their families for a time. Some of these children can stay with their kokums and shoomas (grandmas and grandpas). Some can stay with other family members, or with friends. However, some children don't have these options. Tikinagan is committed to keeping our children within our communities, but to make this happen, we need your help.
By being a foster parent, you can make a real difference in the life of a child. When their families are unable to care for them, you can help children stay in their home community, and stay connected to extended family, friends and their culture and traditions.
Support for Foster Parents
Tikinagan has a Residential Services Unit focused on developing a range of foster care options for children and youth who need to come into Tikinagan care. This unit offers programs and services to foster parents to assist them in providing the best possible environment for our children.
We provide foster parents with:
- Orientation on the role of a Tikinagan foster parent
- Ongoing training and education, including meeting the special needs of children placed in your care
- Support services provided by an assigned residential care worker who will also advocate for the foster parent
- Emergency support and crisis intervention 24 hours a day
- Respite care options such as alternate placement of the child or alternate caregiver for the child
- Financial reimbursement by a daily rate for regular food and accommodation expenses as well as allowances for special expenses such as clothing, school recreation and health care
Live-In Foster Parents
Another option for being a foster parent is to be a live-in foster parent at a home owned by Tikinagan.
Instead of fostering in their own home, Live-In Foster Parents reside in a Tikinagan-owned foster home with children in care to create a safe, nurturing, and family environment. The Live-In Foster Parents will work with a team of Child Welfare professionals and ensure that the Ministry Standards are met and carried out in the home. Tikinagan will cover all living expenses in the home, as well as provide a foster per diem. The Live-in Foster Parents will receive respite each month.
These homes are located in Sioux Lookout, Red Lake, Thunder Bay, Aroland, Muskrat Dam, Sachigo Lake, Fort Hope and Lac Seul.
How to Apply
- Fill out the form below for more information or have us contact you, or
- Call Tikinagan Child and Family Services telephone intake, or
- Write to Tikinagan at the address listed, or
- Talk to any Tikinagan Child and Family Service Worker
You will be put in touch with a Residential Care Worker who can give you more information on foster parenting including the process and requirements for becoming a foster parent.
Tikinagan Child and Family Services
Residential Care Services
PO Box 627
Sioux Lookout, Ontario P8T 1B1
Phone: 807 737-3466
Toll free: 1 800 465-3624
Fax: 807 737-4812