TRAINING AND SUPPORT
Families new to fostering at York participate in an intensive
pre-service training program called PRIDE, after which they and the foster
care department will assess the fit of fostering to the family's lifestyle.
Once a foster family has been approved, they will work with
their foster care support worker to develop a personalized learning plan and
continue to attend skills development courses.
Foster parents are important members of the child's care team.
Once a child has been placed with them, foster parents will work with and get
support from a variety of professionals - social workers, child and youth care
workers, mental health professionals - to help meet children's needs.
Professional support is available 24 hours a day, and can range
from specific care instruction to meet a child's special needs, to general
guidance on providing healing homes for children.