And did you get what
You wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
Beloved on the earth

Raymond Carver "Late Fragment"

The Child Welfare League of Canada (CWLC), in partnership with the Canadian Foster Families Association (CFFA) want to thank all the participants who completed our survey on the experience of being a foster parent. Data collection phase is now complete. This Canada-wide survey is at the analysis stage. Results will help identify:

  1. common foster parent retention practices,
  2. effective retention practices, and
  3. retention practices requiring improvement.
This survey has been funded by Human Resources Skills and Development Canada, and developed by researchers at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Ottawa. Research outcomes will be given back to provincial and territorial governments and stakeholders near the end of 2013.