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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.