The process to become a foster, foster-to-adopt or adoptive family is basically the same. The length of time from submitting your application to approval will vary depending on the program and the agency’s needs at the time.

Application process

To become a caregiver, the first step is to obtain an application by calling our Screening Department at 613-933-2292. We will then open a file and transfer your information to a worker for follow-up.

Assessment process

Once the Children’s Aid Society of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry receives your call, a worker will contact you to arrange a home visit and meet your family. We will then review the initial application and requirements.

Subsequently, there are two standardized programs for you to complete:

  • PRIDE training program (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) is Ontario’s standardized curriculum for foster and adoptive applicants.
  • SAFE Home study (Structured Analysis and Family Evaluation) is Ontario’s standardized home study format for all foster and adoptive applicants.

PRIDE and SAFE are provincially credited components. They will be offered to you at no cost by knowledgeable, trained instructors.

All applicants will be required to obtain police checks from their local police service. Police checks from any other region in Ontario, provinces in Canada or country that they have resided in from the age of 18 until now are also required.


Once training is complete, each family is carefully assessed before being approved. There is no set waiting time before you receive placement of a child, as careful consideration is given to matching children with the most appropriate family.