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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, such as grandparents, uncles, aunts or friends. 
In a Kinship Service arrangement, the child is not brought into the care of the Society as a "child in care". Instead, the Kinship caregivers enter into a relationship with the child similar to that of a foster parent. The key difference is that, legally, the Society is the child's guardian and has the rights and responsibilities associated with being a child's guardian.  


  • Children can live with people whom 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 x 6234 to reach our Intake team. Click here to learn more about kinship.

kinship service & kinship in care

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