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Safe Harbours
Family Treatment Homes

Foster care for children and youth in Ontario.
Licensed by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services of Ontario.

About Fostering

Safe Harbours Provides Trauma-Informed Foster Care in Ontario.

The team at Safe Harbours Family Treatment Homes has been working with foster children for over 20 years.

During this time, we have seen a sharp increase in the number of children and youth requiring complex care regarding their mental health needs. Most often, their mental health needs are stemming from severe early childhood traumas. Our mission is to do the most we can for youth in our care. Safe Harbours worked with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services so we can hire the very best CYWs, facilitate comprehensive training and provide excellent resources within the agency to assist in case management. Each youth is different with different needs and our programs are flexible enough to meet most challenges.

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About Foster Care and Foster Parenting

Becoming a foster parent in Ontario can be confusing. There are many options.

“Becoming a foster parent in Ontario is one of the most rewarding pursuits imaginable. Not only is there a high level of personal satisfaction for doing right by our vulnerable children and youth, foster parents truly make a difference in the lives of every child in their care.”

– Chris Wilson | Executive Director

What is Foster Parenting?

Foster parenting is opening your home and your family to children and youth from a non-related family and regulated by the Child, Youth and Family Services Act of Ontario. Fostering is so much more than that though.

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Becoming a Foster Parent

There is a comprehensive process to becoming a foster parent. Becoming a foster parent in Ontario means going through the process of a Home Study, background checks and training. All of this is provided at no cost to the potential foster home.

Do I Qualify?

Frequently Asked Questions

Many people have good hearts and want to help children in need – it is our duty to those children that we ensure they are cared for in a safe, stable and competent environment. See common questions asked by potential foster parents here.

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Foster Care News and Updates

Foster Home Shortage

In Ontario today, there are well over 10,000 children in foster care or group homes. There has been a decline in recent years of people answering the call to open their homes to children in care. This is creating a tremendous strain on our child welfare system. Read more

How to become a foster parent

Foster parents have received a bad reputation from movies, TV shows and the media in general. "They only do it for the money...", "They treat the kids worse their own family did...", etc. These are some of the statements we often hear on social media. This is unfortunate because it could not be further from the truth. Read more

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Foster Care Stories

Andrea & Donna’s Story

The safe, understanding and loving environment Andrea and Donna provide was essential to the progress Sarah has made.

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Michael & Sara

Michael has been a wonderful foster dad and takes his foster children everywhere.

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Every Child Needs a Home. Be There For a Child.

Our requirements keep kids safe and in homes that care about their outcomes in life.

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