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Message ID: 8564
Date: 2010-09-07

Author:wendy.rhautoronto.ca

Subject:Foster home safety

Hello everyone, I have had a number of questions that have arisen with respect to assesment of foster homes. In Ontario, I have found that with the SAFE standards, CAS agencies have screening requirements INCLUDING the completion of child welfare checks for any applicant wanting to be foster homes directly for a CAS. However, as the demand is greater than what is available internally with CAS agencies, there is a need to go to outside operators (private agencies) to support the need for foster home placements. These outside agencies do their own foster home study/assessment process as long it meets the general ministry requirements. However, due to a variety of limitations, these outsides homes more often than not do not go through the child welfare check screening process. I was quite surprised, as with internal foster homes, kinship options, etc., this is a very strict requirement that is followed with CAS agencies. This, and other issues that have come up have made me quite curious about how different regions are assessing both their own CAS internal foster homes and any outside agency homes. Is anyone aware of either literature/research that has been done on assessing the safety of foster homes? Thanks, Wendy Rha, MSW

Hello everyone, I have had a number of questions that have arisen with respect to assesment of foster homes. In Ontario, I have found that with the SAFE standards, CAS agencies have screening requirements INCLUDING the completion of child welfare checks for any applicant wanting to be foster homes directly for a CAS. However, as the demand is greater than what is available internally with CAS agencies, there is a need to go to outside operators (private agencies) to support the need for foster home placements. These outside agencies do their own foster home study/assessment process as long it meets the general ministry requirements. However, due to a variety of limitations, these outsides homes more often than not do not go through the child welfare check screening process. I was quite surprised, as with internal foster homes, kinship options, etc., this is a very strict requirement that is followed with CAS agencies. This, and other issues that have come up have made me quite curious about how different regions are assessing both their own CAS internal foster homes and any outside agency homes. Is anyone aware of either literature/research that has been done on assessing the safety of foster homes? Thanks, Wendy Rha, MSW