Foster Care

Foster care is a temporary arrangement in which adults provide for the care of a child or children whose birthparent is unable to care for them.  Foster care plays an important role in providing children a safe, stable and loving environment, until they can be reunited with their family.

Children are placed in foster care for different reasons, such as a court order or under a voluntary arrangement between the child’s parent and the NWT Director of Children and Family Services.

A foster care rate is provided to meet the day-to-day care of the child.

Community

Rate ($) per Day / per Child

Aklavik

$43

Behchoko

$33

Colville Lake

$47

Deline

$45

Dettah

$24

Enterprise

$26

Fort Good Hope

$45

Fort Liard

$32

Fort McPherson

$39

Fort Providence

$30

Fort Resolution

$31

Fort Simpson

$34

Fort Smith

$30

Gameti

$36

Hay River

$27

Inuvik

$33

Jean Marie River

$34

Kakisa Lake

$34

K’atiodeeche First Nation

$27

Lutselk’e

$42

Nahanni Butte

$40

Norman Wells

$44

Paulatuk

$53

Sachs Harbour

$47

Trout Lake

$39

Tsiigehtchic

$36

Tuktoyaktuk

$49

Tulita

$45

Ulukhaktok

$44

Wekweeti

$38

Whati

$36

Wrigley

$42

Yellowknife

$24

Note 1:
Foster care rates vary from community to community, based on the Consumer Price Index.

Note 2:
In addition to the basic foster care rate,  supplementary payments based on the age of the child exist, such as:

  • Age 0-5 years - $4.00 per day
  • Age 6-12 years - $3.00 per day
  • Age 13-18 years - $5.00 per day

And as required, a specialized needs assessment can be completed to determine if the child or youth also qualifies for additional funding due to a disability or a unique level of care need.

Are you interested in fostering?

In the NWT, we rely on foster parents to provide invaluable support to some of our most vulnerable children. We need more foster care families. Foster families will receive reimbursement to meet the basic costs of day-to-day care of the child.

If you are considering fostering, please contact your local Social Services Office in your community, email your inquiry to cfs_info@gov.nt.ca or visit the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT website or call toll free 1-866-233-0136 for more information.