Five/Fourteen is the only foster agency dedicated solely to providing services and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, two-spirit, and otherwise gender-independent children and youth in foster care.
Adoption & Foster Care
What is adoption?
Adoption provides a legal means for another family to permanently take on the responsibility of caring for and raising a child. But adoption is much more than a legal process.
Sometimes children can’t live with their birth parents because they are unable to care for them and provide for their most basic needs. Other times parents, for a variety of reasons, seek a new family to raise and care for their child.
Adopting a child is a lifelong commitment. Learn about every step of the adoption process.
What is foster care?
Fostering is the act of bringing a child into your family and providing them with life necessities as well as emotional support during a difficult and confusing time. Under the Child and Family Services Act, foster care is defined as the placement of a child or young person in the home of someone who receives compensation for caring for the child but is not the child’s parent. Ontario’s Children Aid Societies (CASs) work hard to keep families together and children at home. When children cannot remain at home because of serious concerns about their safety and protection, foster families care for the child until they can safely return home.
Foster families are very special because they give their time and love over and over again to the children and youth who need it the most. CASs are extremely grateful to these amazing people who open their doors — and their hearts — and share their family with our province’s children.