The Direction de la protection de la jeunesse de Montréal (DPJ) and the youth program of the CIUSSS du Center-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal are currently experiencing a critical situation related to the recruitment of family-type resources (RTF) for toddlers in need of protection. Since 2011, the number of family-type resources, commonly referred to as foster families, has dropped drastically, from more than 900 resources to less than 300.
To promote optimal pairings for children aged 0 to 5 in living environments where they will be able to grow and develop, there should be at least twenty new families. Although at first glance this number may seem small, this is an ambitious goal considering that over the past year, the Youth Program has recruited around ten families.
Family-type resources, the last resort
The majority of children with whom the DPJ must intervene will stay with their parents and, when withdrawal cannot be avoided, extended environments (local foster families) are favored. While this is good news and this type of family is growing, this option is not always possible. Some children will need a living environment to help them in these times of distress. This is why the Direction de la protection de la jeunesse de Montréal and the youth program of the CIUSSS du Center-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal are actively looking for families wishing to welcome children aged between 0 and 5 years.
Anyone, regardless of marital status, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, whether at home or in the workforce, can become a foster family. The first thing to do is to want to help a child in need
– Nathalie Bibeau, Deputy Director of the Youth Program – Community Services and Resources Deputy Directorate. (paraphrase)
The Direction de la protection de la jeunesse de Montréal and the youth program of the CIUSSS du Center-Sud-de-Île-de-Montréal invite people wishing to become a foster family to contact them by calling 514 – 356 – 5435