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Financial assistance for family caring for children in need of protection

Grandparents, family members and community members caring for children in need of protection may be able to receive financial support. It may be provided to meet the needs of the child, including their clinical needs.

Funding may also be provided to assist with specific costs for a child’s special needs that are not covered by private or government programs. This may include medical and related costs, therapy and home renovations to address urgent child safety needs or accommodate a child’s disability.

Members of Indigenous communities who are looking after a child in a formal customary care arrangement are also eligible for financial supports.

If you are a family member who would like to care for a child in your family, learn how to become a foster parent.

Eligibility

All children’s aid societies across Ontario are required to follow the same funding policy guidelines to determine eligibility for funding and when financial assistance will begin.

A grandparent or family member caring for children in need of protection may be eligible for financial assistance. Discuss your situation with your children’s aid society case worker.

To be eligible to receive short-term or ongoing financial assistance, you must be in at least one of the following situations:

  • You are looking after a child who is your family member in the care of a children’s aid society, in need of protection, and you are approved as a foster parent
  • You have adopted a child who is your family member and in need of protection through a children’s aid society
  • A child who is your family member is a Crown ward. You have obtained legal custody of the child through a child protection order under the Child and Family Services Act
  • A children’s aid society determines that an Indigenous child who is your family member is in need of protection and places the child with you. There is also a customary care declaration by the band of either parent of the child, a customary care agreement and the CAS is supervising the home.

Learn more

For more information regarding financial assistance for family members caring for children in need of protection, call us at 1-866-559-4587.