Why Family-Based Care?

Children in family-based care have often experienced abuse and/or neglect, and come from families who were struggling with addiction, mental health issues and/or family violence. Family-based care provides the opportunity for them to address and heal from their circumstances in a secure, supportive environment.

If you choose to become a family-based carer, please be assured you will not be doing so alone. Along  with a generous care allowance, you’ll receive training and support from our expert team of therapists, social workers, and other professionals.

Who Can be a Carer?

Our carer applications are open to everyone regardless of gender, race, culture, sexual orientation, home ownership or income status. The essential qualities we look for include:

  • Being aged 25 or older
  • A strong desire to help children and young people
  • An understanding of the difference between caring for your own child and a child in family-based care
  • An awareness of how taking in an at-risk child will affect your immediate and extended family
  • The ability to cope with a young person’s emotional needs and behaviour
  • A willingness to help a child bond with and feel affection for other people
  • An ability and willingness to help a child in your care deal with their anger
  • Access to a strong, solid network of family and friends who can help alleviate the pressures of family-based care
  • A willingness to be patient while seeking the child’s trust and acceptance
  • A willingness to share your life experiences with the child in your care
  • The ability and willingness to have a child in your home for a short or long term basis

Are you up for the challenge?

Are you over 25?

Have you been a carer before?

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Telephone / Fax

T (709) 579-1624
F (709) 237-9506

Office Address

Key Assets NL, 21 Adams Avenue, St. John’s
NL, A1C 4Z1



Mailing Address

P.O. Box 2336, St. John’s, NL, A1C 6E1


 (709) 579-1624