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JF&CS offers two different kinship programs – Kinship Service and Kinship Care. Both options are designed to allow children who cannot  reside with their family of origin, to live in the home of people they know, and trust. This often means members of their extended family or Jewish community such as grandparents, uncles and aunts or friends. 
In a Kinship Service arrangement,  the child is not brought into the care of the Society as a "child in care".

In a Kinship in Care arrangement, the child is brought into the care of the Society and the Kinship caregivers enter into a relationship with the Society similar to that of a foster parent.  In these situations, the Society becomes the child's legal guardian and assumes the rights and responsibilities associated with being a child's guardian.  


  • Children can live with people who they know and trust and who have some connection to their family of origin.

  • The integrity of the family's culture, history, and Jewish identity is supported.

  • Children may be able to remain within their own community, or continue to have a connection to their community through family and friends. As such, the child's sense of belonging to a family is maintained and is often enhanced.

  • If you believe there is a situation where you could help as a kinship caregiver, please call 416.638.7800 and ask for Intake. Click here to learn more about kinship.

kinship service & kinship in care

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