Becoming a Foster Parent

Broken Arrow Residential Treatment Services accommodates children or youth from birth up to eighteen years of age of any gender. The program is able to meet the needs of a wide range of children from those who have experienced placement or family disruptions to those who have complex, severe, or multiple clinical needs and require special caring individuals in their lives who can help them establish relationships, form connections, build self-esteem and self-worth. Broken Arrow is designed to provide a substitute family life experience for children and youth who have higher levels of behavioural, emotional and mental health treatment needs.

All kinds of families can care for our children. Foster Parents come from backgrounds as diverse as the children they care for. Some are married; some single; some own a home; some rent; some have children; some are grandparents. The characteristics these parents all have in common are their love for children, the ability to commit to challenges, have a sense of community responsibility and a desire to make a difference in children’s lives. Foster parents can identify the type of challenges faced by children and youth that they are comfortable in providing therapeutic care for.  Other options include age range, gender, emergency care, respite, sibling groups, special needs and permanency. Regardless of the services you choose to offer, we need people who will be committed to helping the children— no matter what their circumstances may be.

Children/youth who have experienced personal trauma such as abuse and those children with attachment resistant profiles are considered. Children who are affected by anxiety disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, or conduct disorder, will also be considered for placement. Children and youth with major mental health difficulties icuding schizophrenia, mood disorders, personality disorders, developmental delays or a sexually offending background will be considered on a case by case basis. Broken Arrow will provide continuity of placement after the age of 18 when deemed appropriate.

The home study process begins with contacting Broken Arrow and having a discussion about your intention to become a foster home. Ask any questions that will assist you in making your decision. Broken Arrow will forward you the Application and set up an initial appointment with your family.

Click here to fill out our Treatment Foster Care Home Study Application

Financial Compensation
Broken Arrow Foster Parents provide care for children and youth with more complicated developmental needs, health needs and/or behavioural challenges. Financial compensation is provided and is a tax-free per diem basis of between $55 – $70 per day per child depending on the child’s specialized needs, cost of day-to-day operating expenses and the skill level of the foster parent. Increases in per diem rates recognize the length of a family’s fostering experience, level of training and positive annual evaluations.

The following process and documentation is required before the final approval of the application and consists of:

– Complete a family application
– Participate in a family and individual interview                                                                  – An up to date criminal reference check that includes vulnerable sector screening for all adult household members
– Medical referral
– Five written references
– Water test
– Minimum of 1 000 000 liability on both car and home insurance
– Valid driver’s license
– Children’s Aid Society check
– A completed safety assessment of the home
– First Aid/CPR certification                                                                                                       – An agreement to attned training pertinent to foster care issues