more about kinship

Who can be a Kinship Service and Care provider? 
People, who know, are attached emotionally and trusted by a child or youth who cannot remain in his family of birth due to safety concerns. It can be members of the extended family or Jewish community such as grandparents, uncles and aunts, friends, teachers…

What are the steps to be a Kinship Service provider? 
First, our staff will identify, assess and support your interest and ability to care for the child or youth in a safe home environment. Our Agency will ask you and any person over the age of 18 living in the home to complete a criminal record and child welfare records checks. Our staff will conduct a private interview with the child (depending on the child's age and developmental capacity), and a thorough assessment of the home environment.

What support services are available to Kinship Service providers?

  • Ongoing training and skills development

  • Counselling

  • Respite

  • Volunteer support (driver, educational and recreational…)

  • Information on Financial Assistance

 

How long will the child live with me? 

Kinship Service and Care can be short-term or long term. It can also be for just weekends. In addition, when reunification with the child's primary family is not possible, the kinship family may provide permanent care for the child through adoption or legal custody.

 

What are the steps to be a Kinship Care provider?

  • The standard for assessing and preparing prospective kinship care families is the same as that for evaluating all foster or adoptive caregiver applicants.

  • Schedule an initial walk-through of your home to assess its space and safety.

  • The caregiver and any person over the age of 18 living in the home will have to complete a criminal record and child welfare records checks

  • Participate in a home study with one of our staff

  • Attend trainings as recommended

 

What support services are available to Kinship Care providers?

  • Ongoing agency support to provide safe, nurturing care for a child on either a temporary or long term basis.

  • Ongoing training and skills development

  • Financial stipend

  • 24 hour on- call support

  • Home visits from social workers and support counselors

  • Holiday celebrations and special events

  • Respite care

  • Volunteer support (drivers, educational and recreational, health services…)

  • Other JF&CS services as needed

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Toronto, ON   M2R 3V3

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