When I first came into the care of Peel Children’s Aid I was going through a challenging time in my life and I didn’t really know what to expect. I was placed with a foster family and had to adjust to having stable, structured parenting which was different than I was used to. However it was my foster parents who helped me to truly understand what it meant to be nurtured and cared for. They instilled values in me and taught me the important lessons in life. I always felt like it was my home and they were my family that I could talk to about anything.
I think being a foster caregiver means investing in a child or youth and giving them a reason to go down the right path. Really, if you have the ability to welcome a child into your home and love them then you should consider it. It can really make such a difference. Just look at me – I’m the person I am today because of them.
Kanchan is a third year Sociology student at York University and plans to pursue law or social work to do policy and advocacy work.