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Host Family

The Host Family program offers families or individuals the opportunity to share their home with a child or an adult who has a developmental disability. The program fosters rewarding and long lasting relationships that enrich the lives of all participants. Placements are made gradually and with care to ensure compatibility. The host family receives financial remuneration, regular respite and ongoing support from Ongwanada community counsellors.

How do I become a Provider?
Potential Host Family Providers are carefully screened before being accepted into the program. This involves a health check, criminal reference check, a home assessment, letters of reference and an in-depth interview with Ongwanada staff.

Ongwanada will undertake a family profile to better understand you and to find an appropriate match. Ongwanada staff will try to match you with someone with similar interests and lifestyle.

Your family will then be introduced to the person at a convenient time. If both parties are interested in pursuing a relationship, more visits will be arranged. The person will move into your home as soon as everyone is comfortable.

What are the benefits?
Host Family Providers receive financial remuneration determined by the level of support needed by the person sharing your home. Providers also receive: Twenty-one days of paid time off a year, orientation and training, ongoing assistance from a counsellor, twenty-four hour a day on-call support, as well as access to various professionals at Ongwanada such as a dietician, physiotherapist, pharmacist and psychologist.

Contact information
For details on becoming a Host Family Provider, contact Geoff Gifford at 613.548.4417 ext. 1178 or ggifford@ongwanada.com

To access this service for a child, please contact Ongwanada's Social Work Department at 613.548.4417 ext. 3311

To access this service for an adult, please contact Developmental Services Ontario by clicking here for contact information



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