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In Ontario there are currently 17,945 children and youth in care. Almost 63% of these children are living with foster parents. There are a number of reasons why they need foster care.
It may be because of a family illness, family breakdown and problems at home, or a situation where their safety is threatened. Many will have experienced neglect and physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
And while their stories will be different, every child will have faced loss and separation from their birth family.
Caring for these children
Their life experiences can cause children and youth in care to express their feelings through difficult and challenging behaviour. Some may throw tantrums, harm themselves or others, or reject your care.
Others may be withdrawn, clingy and act younger than their years.
This can be a result of moving from parent to parent, or simply being placed in care in the first place. Itâ€™s important that, as a foster parent, you understand that this is not a reflection on you. Youâ€™re there to help a child or youth feel secure, safe and cared for. Weâ€™re here to do the same for you.
How you can help
We need foster parents who want to make a difference to a childâ€™s life and will accept their experiences and behaviours, whatever these may be. If you are interested in finding out more then please complete our inquiry form and weâ€™ll be in touch.
You can also help us by sharing information about fostering and about us with your friends, family and colleagues.