There is a shortage of foster caregivers in our Peel community. Foster caregivers work as part of a team to support children and families involved with Peel CAS. “We need families for older children, medically fragile babies, and sibling groups,” says Bobby Hussain, family placement worker. “And while we currently have a specific need, our overall goal is to have caregivers who are willing to provide a home to children of any age who are most in need of support.”
“We believe that it is best for children to remain in their homes or with a relative or community member they have a relationship with,” says Bobby. “However, in certain circumstances, this is not possible. It is times like this that we need to rely on our foster caregivers.”
Foster families are a diverse community of caregivers. They provide a safe, stable home for children and youth in need when their families are temporarily unable to care for them. “Our foster caregivers also play an important role to support children returning to their birth families when this is an option,” says Bobby. “We even have caregivers who mentor new parents with small babies to teach and support their parenting skills.”
To become a caregiver, you do not need to be married, have children, or own your own home. You do need strong parenting skills, a love of children and the time to devote to a child physically as well as emotionally. As Peel CAS works toward helping bring children and families back together, caregivers are also involved with the child’s biological family through visits, meetings and by being supportive. If you are interested in learning more, there are a couple of things you can do. You can give us a call at 905-363-6131 and speak to a family placement worker or visit our website at peelcas.org and fill out a fostering application form. We look forward to hearing from you.