Youth in care
If you are a youth in care, you have the right to live in a home where your LGBTQ2 identity is affirmed and you receive culturally appropriate services and support.
You have several options to access Five/Fourteen's enhanced supports for LGBTQ2 youth:
- If your foster parents are LGBTQ2-positive and want to better support you, you can ask them to contact us and become a Five/Fourteen foster home.
- If you feel your foster home is not LGBTQ2-supportive, you can tell your CAS worker you want a placement with Five/Fourteen.
- If you feel your CAS is not supportive of your sexual orientation and/or gender identity, you can contact us directly, or you can reach out to the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. The Advocate's role is to make sure your rights are recognized, and they will talk to your CAS about ensuring your placement is supportive of your LGBTQ2 culture and provides you with the supports you deserve.
Join us as a foster caregiver!
If you are currently fostering an LGBTQ2 youth, consider becoming a Five/Fourteen foster parent, so you and your foster youth can benefit from the enhanced support system and dynamic network our agency provides.
If you’re interested in exploring whether you’re right for foster care and foster care is right for you, fill out our information request form and we’ll contact you.
We’re interested in current foster parents and those thinking of becoming foster parents in Windsor, Essex County, London, Hamilton, and Toronto.
We’ll talk with you to help you understand the role of a foster caregiver (foster parent) with Five/Fourteen, what it means for you, your family, and the youth in our care, and the services and supports we provide you and our youth. Whether you’re interested in starting next week, next month, or next year, we will gladly meet with you to talk about how fostering can fit into your life.
There isn’t a single set of qualifications to be a great Five/Fourteen foster caregiver. Each youth, each family, and each home are unique, and we are here to support you and guide you along the way. You don’t need to be a parent, or to have worked in youth services, or to be wealthy. Foster caregivers may rent or own their home, be working or retired, be experienced parents or just starting to expand their family.
A few basic requirements are:
- You are interested in sharing your home with an LGBTQ2 youth who needs one.
- You have a desire to mentor and encourage youth.
- You want to share and expand your knowledge and skills through our ongoing training programs.
- You are supportive of LGBTQ2 and gender-independent people, communities, and cultures.
Our most qualified applicants are individuals or couples with:
- experience providing foster care and/or parenting,
- professional, volunteer, or life experience supporting LGBTQ, Two-Spirit, or otherwise gender-independent youth, and
- a background in helping people who have suffered abuse, trauma and loss.
Fostering parenting is volunteering, but our foster caregivers receive compensation for costs of care, room and board, ranging from $50 to $70 per day, depending on a variety of factors including the needs of each child or youth, the location of the foster home, and the experience of the foster caregiver(s).
Experienced foster parents, who have completed P.R.I.D.E. training and are available to begin immediately receive compensation which includes consideration for the experience they bring to the role. We welcome caregivers who want to bring their expertise to a progressive, social justice minded agency.
We also provide:
- Coverage of costs for client expenses (e.g., allowance, clothing, haircuts)
- Regular and ongoing staff support
- Pre-service training and orientation
- Ongoing training and development on fostering for LGBTQ2 children and youth
- Monthly meetings and activities with other caregivers
- 24/7 on-call emergency support
- be at least 21 years of age,
- be Canadian citizens or permanent residents,
complete a standardized home study with Five/Fourteen staff,
- submit a Police Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening,
- provide 3-5 character references, and
participate in pre-service and ongoing training and skills development.
We are always looking for high-quality foster caregivers, so fill out our quick and easy information request form, and we’ll contact you soon to talk about joining our growing team!