Helping Kids In Care Find Permanent Homes
Starting June 15, Ontario will provide financial subsidies to eligible parents who adopt or take legal custody of Crown wards 10 years of age and over, or siblings.
This acts on a key recommendation from the Expert Panel on Infertility and Adoption to help more children and youth in care find permanent homes. Children's aid societies (CASs) often face more challenges when placing older Crown wards and siblings in permanent homes.
At the recent Youth Leaving Care hearings, young people said that finding permanent homes often leads to greater success later in life including graduating from high school, enrolling in postsecondary education, holding a job and contributing to their communities.
This is part of the McGuinty government's commitment to improving the lives of children and youth living in care so they can grow up in loving, permanent homes and be more successful in school and in adulthood.
- CASs will provide subsidies to families with a net annual income of up to $85,000.
- Subsidies will be $950/month/child or $11,400/year/child. This is about 60 per cent of the average cost for CAS foster care in Ontario.