17,876 children were in the care of Ontario’s CASs (as of March 31, 2009). Of the 17,876 children in care, approximately 9,200 children and youth are permanent wards of the Crown and CASs have full guardianship responsibilities.
That’s almost 10,000 kids who need permanency – just in Ontario!
- 659 children in care and only 251 families providing that care (oct 1, 2008)
- There is an overall shortage of fostering space for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and teens. (So pretty much they are okay with school aged kids – but desperate for beds for kids newborn-4 and 12-18)
The most urgent need for foster parents in the Niagara region are
- Families of various ethnicities, cultures and religions
- Families who wish to care for teens
- Families who wish to care for infants and toddlers
- There is always a need for homes for teens and we currently require homes for children 8 years and older.
- There is a shortage of infant, pre-school, school age and teenage homes
- There is an urgent need for foster families willing to care for teens
- Currently seeking emergency receiving foster parents to provide homes for children 6-18 years of age
- Seeking foster parents for the Enhanced Foster Care (EFC) program that enables children and teens ages 11-18 who require a higher level of support to be looked after in a family-based foster home.
- looking for families interested in adopting children 10 years or older
- Currently looking for foster families for infants, toddlers, teens, children with special needs and sibling groups.
- Currently looking for foster and adoptive families of various ethnicities