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BECOME A CAREGIVER

The Nurturers of Our Children

Caregivers play a very important role in our families, and in the wellbeing of our communities and Nations. It is the tradition of lending support to our extended families, by contributing to the guidance and care for our children when needed.

We are always in need of caregivers and of Aboriginal homes to an Aboriginal child. There are many different ways you can care for a child or youth—short term or long term, during an emergency or even just for one weekend a month.

Requirements to Become a Caregiver of a Family Care Home

  • Must be 19 years of age or older.

  • Be willing to work with NIFCS Resource and Guardianship Social Workers.

  • Be physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually able to provide quality care.

  • Believe, support and encourage child(ren)’s cultural traditions and maintain family connections.

  • Offer a caring and stable home.

Caregiver Application Process

STEP ONE 
You can speak to a NIFCS resource worker – and ask questions. If you feel this is right for you, you can start the application process.

  • Application Form – this form will include a criminal records check that looks at ensuring a safe home for children.

Please noteif you have a prior criminal record, do not be discouraged from applying to become a caregiver. This can be discussed and decided on a individual basis.

  • Medical Assessment – You will need a medical assessment to be completed by your doctor to verify that you are healthy.

  • Reference: You will be asked to provide three references, one of which is from a relative. Forms will be provided for the references.

STEP TWO
Caregiving Pre-Service Orientation & Training Course – Caregivers training will be provided to help prepare you.

Contact Doug Kroeker dkroeker@nifcs.org for more details.

STEP THREE
Home Study – Your Resource or Social Worker will visit you in your home to discuss your personal history, family interests, lifestyle, childcare experience, needs and preferences.

STEP FOUR
Family Care Home Agreement – Once the approval process is complete, you will be asked to sign an agreement that outlines each party’s roles and responsibilities. The length of time you wait for a child depends on the age and type of the child you want to provide care to and the needs of the community.