Family Services

How Foster Care Works

Generally, the process to become a foster parent involves the following steps:

  • You apply to become a foster parent by completing the application form, medical form and criminal record check through your local RCMP detachment.
  • Upon approval of your foster parent application, a Community Social Services Worker will contact you to set-up an in-home visit to see the dynamics of your home and where the child will sleep.
  • Once you have been approved as a foster parent, a child is placed in your home based on the needs of the child and your established availability for placement.
  • You care for your foster child and fulfill the roles and responsibilities of a foster parent until the child is able to return to a permanent home. Please note that while the child is in your care, any key decisions must be made in conjunction with your Community Social Service Worker, as the Government of Nunavut is still the legal guardian of the child. For example, you cannot change the child’s appearance or sign any type of consent form for the child.
  • You receive regular payments to support the care and needs of your foster child.
  • You continue to communicate with your Community Social Services Worker about the progress of your foster child.