Foster love and hope, one child at a time.

Make an incredible difference in our community by opening your heart and home to a child in Niagara.

Speak with a representative from our Resources Department to learn more about fostering.

Local: (905) 937-7731 ext. 3802
Long Distance, Toll-Free: 1-888-937-7731

There is a great need for difference-makers in Niagara! By becoming an alternate caregiver, you can help local children thrive.

Alternate caregivers are incredible people with a lot of love to give. They include foster parents, kinship caregivers, and customary care providers. They provide loving care in a safe environment for children on a temporary basis.

As an agency, FACS Niagara strongly believes that the best place for children is with their own families. More than 95 percent of the children we work with receive services in their own home. In the rare instances where that is not possible, alternate caregivers assist by providing these wonderful children with a temporary home while FACS provides their biological family with additional support.

When they’re placed with alternate caregivers, such as foster parents, these children join your family for a period of time. You provide the support and help they need to continue growing and learning in a positive environment. In 75 percent of instances, children return to their home communities in approximately three months.

Who We’re Looking For

Foster parents and alternate caregivers are as unique and diverse as the children we serve.

We’re interested in hearing from anyone in Niagara who has love to give and would like to make a positive difference in the lives of local children. In short, we’re looking for you!

You can be:

  • Single or in a relationship
  • Working (full or part-time, on-site or remotely) or retired
  • Of all ages, cultures, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations
  • Living in any of the 12 municipalities in Niagara
  • Living in a house, condo, or apartment. You can own your home or rent.

Please Note: There is an urgent need for caregivers that represent diverse backgrounds. We would greatly appreciate hearing from caregivers from different faiths, cultures, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. You can call 905-937-7731 ext. 3802 or fill out the form at the bottom of the page to get more information.

What We Offer

We want to ensure that becoming a foster parent or alternate caregiver is a positive experience for both you and the children you welcome into your home.

We’re invested in your success and provide:

  • A generous per-diem rate based on the needs of the child(ren). Please note: compensation for foster care is not considered income and is not taxable.
  • Paid respite.
  • Mileage reimbursement for driving children to appointments.
  • Health and dental coverage for all children placed in your home.
  • Extensive training and ongoing support from the FACS Niagara team.
  • And more! Call us to learn more about the compensation and reimbursements we offer.

Let’s Talk!

You can call us at 905-937-7731 ext. 3802 to discuss becoming a foster parent or alternate caregiver, or you may fill out the form below and one of our team will contact you with more information about this life-changing opportunity.

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