Become a foster parent and brighten a child’s life. Our foster parents consider the mission of fostering both a privilege and an honour. For all the stories of pain and suffering, there are so many more stories of joy and success, hope and healing among our children and families. No matter what your experience or skills, by becoming a foster parent you will have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child.


  • 0-2 Year olds (and pre-schoolers up to age of 5) – CCAS requires that one parent is a stay-at-home parent for this age group.
  • Adolescents and Teenagers (12 – 18 years old)
  • Children with medical challenges
  • Special needs children
  • Children with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Learn about fostering from some of our foster parents


Testimonial: Rita talks about her 50 years of fostering

Click here to read about Rita’s foster parent journey.

Testimonial: Cora and John reflect on their 50-year fostering career

Click here to read about Cora and John’s experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions – Foster Care

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  • Newborn to 18 years, with various life experiences and abilities
  • Identify or have families who identify as Catholic, or attend Catholic schools
  • Come with immense potential and a need for loving, supportive families
  • May have experienced physical, sexual or emotional abuse and neglect
  • Parent-child conflict
  • Parents may have mental health or addiction challenges
  • An alternate and temporary home
  • A caring and supportive family environment
  • The Society assumes guardianship while child is in care
  • The goal is to return child to natural family, whenever possible
  • Can be short-term foster care (relief), or regular foster care (full-time)
  • When a child is unable to return to their family, adoption/permanent plans are made
  • Caring for a child and their physical, spiritual, emotional, and social development
  • Advocating for the needs of a child
  • Reaching out and guiding a child through their growing years
  • Embracing and welcoming a child into the warmth of your safe and secure home
  • The desire and ability to love, nurture and parent a child
  • Patience, flexibility and consistency
  • A desire and willingness to learn
  • The desire to be part of a child’s life story.
  • You can be single or a couple, with or without your own children
  • You do not have to be Catholic, but be willing to learn about the Catholic faith to support a foster child’s Catholic beliefs
  • You must be at least 21 years of age
  • You may own or rent your home
  •  You must be self-supporting
  • You may work outside the home while fostering
  • You must submit a vulnerable sector screening report by police and be approved through a Home Study
  • You must complete the Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) training
  • You must be willing to work within the guidelines and philosophies of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton
  • CCASH provides information, training and support to foster parents
  • Fostering is a team approach including foster parents, CCASH staff and community professionals
  • Foster parents receive ongoing financial assistance to care for foster children
  • Social workers regularly visit to provide support to foster parents and children
  • Pastoral assistance is available to foster parents and the children in their care

Agency Contact Information:

  • Email Jennifer Veenstra at
  • Send a message via the contact form below

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