Getting Started

Once you have reviewed the information found on this web page, please contact our office to start the process or to answer any more questions you may have.

PATHWAYS FAMILY SERVICES
PHONE : (780) 488-2444
6758 75 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
Fax: (780) 488-2603
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The following outlines the steps that each applicant must go through to become approved as a foster parent:

Pre-Screening
After the foster care awareness session evening the Foster Care Screener/Intake worker will interview you and discuss any questions you may have. They will ensure that you meet the basic eligibility requirements.

Orientation to Caregiver Training (O.C.T.)
Training consists of eight, three-hour modules (24 hours total training) that address a variety of topics, including child development; the special needs of children in care; duties and responsibilities of foster parents; and supports provided to foster parents. Training also explores the applicant's motivation for fostering. All applicants must complete this training prior to becoming approved. The scheduling of this training will vary regionally.

Initial Application and Screening Process:
Your application process will consist of a Criminal Record Check, Intervention (Child Welfare) Records Check, personal references, medical references, and information about your interest in becoming a foster parent. Once an application is received in full, an assessment worker will be assigned to you, and with mutual agreement, will arrange for a Family Assessment Report to be completed.

Home Study
You will be asked to participate in the Foster Care Family Assessment Report. The Assessment Worker will arrange three to five appointments to meet with you and your family. These meetings make up the home study and will include a discussion of your family's history, family relationships, significant events and how your family works together. The Family Assessment process will help to identify the strengths and challenges as a potential foster family and to offer suggestions and support for your decision.

At the conclusion of the family assessment, a decision is made regarding acceptance of your application. Once approved, your Foster Care Support Worker will approach you about a specific child. The decision for the child to be placed with you will be a mutual decision between your Foster Care Support Worker, the child's case manager, and yourself.

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