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Urgent need of foster families for children aged 0 to 5

Besoin criant de famille d’accueil pour les 0-5 ans

Open your home and your heart. Become a foster family.

Montréal’s department of youth protection (DPJ) and the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal ’s youth program are currently experiencing a crisis: they are having difficulty recruiting family-type resources (FTR) for young children in need of protection. Since 2011, the number of family-type resources, known as foster families, has dropped from 900 to fewer than 300.

To find optimal matches for children aged 0 to 5 years in environments where they can grow and thrive, a minimum of 20 families is needed. Although at first glance this number may seem high, this is an ambitious goal since we know that over the past year, the youth program recruited about a dozen families.

Family-type resources: the last resort

Most children the DPJ intervenes with stay with their parents or, when placement is unavoidable, preferably stay with extended family (kinship foster family). Although this is good news and this type of family is growing, this is not always possible. Some children need living environments where they can get help in moments of distress. This is the DPJ and the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal’s youth program is actively looking for families who want to take in children aged 0 to 5.

Any person, regardless of marital status, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, whether at home or on the job market, can become a foster family. What is most important is wanting to help a child who is in need,” said Nathalie Bibeau, assistant director at Direction adjointe programme jeunesse – services dans la communauté et ressources.


Open your home and your heart. Become a foster family.
Montréal youth protection and the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de- youth program is asking people who want to become foster families to call them at 514 356-5435.


The role of the host family is crucial in our society and for our protection system. Some children need a temporary home, but others will not return to their environment. They are often children with high needs,”said director Assunta Gallo, Montréal’s Director of Youth Protection.

Here are a few stories about kids who need you!

Kevin, 4, is a victim of physical abuse. He also has speech delay, and has a medical appointment every two weeks at Sainte-Justine hospital. He needs you to take care of him while his parents work on improving their situation. He needs a safe and loving home, and someone to take him to his appointments and be there for him in moments of distress.

Sophia, 18 months, is epileptic and suffers from neglect. She has been placed temporarily in a foster family that is also responsible for other children. The law states that a child has the right to be well placed from the onset. Let’s help Sophia find a good foster home.

Alexia, 2 days old, is currently in hospital. She is going through withdrawal, because her mom took narcotics while she was pregnant At this time, the mother is in detox and Alexia needs you to rock her, reassure her and provide her the care she needs.

Read the full the media release (only in french)


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Last Update : 24 January 2020