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 with a safe, stable and loving environment, until they can be reunited with their family or other permanent arrangements are established.

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 Northwest Territories Director of Child and Family Services.

A foster care rate is provided to meet the day-to-day care of the child. As of April 1, 2018, the Department of Health and Social Services has adjusted and increased foster care rates across the Northwest Territories. Subsidized adoption rates will also increase from 60% to 90% of the basic maintenance rate for approved adoptive parents to support adoptive parents in adopting children and youth who were in the care and guardianship of the Director of Child and Family Services. Adoption subsidies help families who want to adopt to meet the financial threshold of providing for children based on their age and any special needs they may have. These rates are comparable to rates provided in other jurisdictions across Canada.

Basic Maintenance Rate   Subsidized Adoption Rate (Basic Maintenance Rate)
Region Community Current
Rate / day
New
Rate / day
  Current
Rate / day  (60% of Current Basic Rate)
New
Rate / day (90% of New Basic Rate)
Beaufort Delta Aklavik                 43                 49                      26                    44
  Ft McPherson                  39                 46                      23                    41
  Inuvik                  33                 46                      20                    41
  Paulatuk                  53                 54                      32                    49
  Sachs Harbour                  47                 51                      28                    46
  Tsiigehtchic                 36                 49                      22                    44
  Tuktoyaktuk                  49                 49                      29                    44
  Ulukhatok                  44                 54                      26                    49
             
Sahtu Colville Lake                  47                 57                      28                    51
  Deline                  45                 48                      27                    43
  Ft Good Hope                  45                 48                      27                    43
  Norman Wells                  44                 50                      26                    45
  Tulita                 45                 48                      27                    43
             
Yellowknife Dettah                 24                 29                      14                    26
  Yellowknife                 24                 29                      14                    26
  Ft Resolution                  31                 42                      19                    38
  Ndilo                 24                 29                      14                    26
  Lutselk'e                 42                 48                      25                    43
             
Fort Smith Ft Smith                 30                 34                      18                    31
             
Hay River Hay River                  27                 35                      16                    32
  Enterprise                 26                 35                      16                    32
             
Dehcho Ft Liard                  32                 41                      19                    37
  Ft Providence                  30                 39                      18                    35
  Ft Simpson                  34                 37                      20                    33
  Kakisa                 34                 39                      20                    35
  K'atlodeeche First Nation                 27                 34                      16                    31
  Jean Marie River                  34                 37                      20                    33
  Nahanni Butte                  40                 40                      24                    36
  Trout Lake                  39                 42                      23                    38
  Wrigley                  42                 50                      25                    45
             
Tlicho Behchoko                 33                 42                      20                    38
  Gameti                  36                 36                      22                    32
  Wekweeti                  38                 42                      23                    38
  Whati                 36                 42                      22                    38
             
             
Age of Child Rate    
Age Group Current
Rate / day
New
Rate / day
     
Age 0 - 5                     4                   5      
Age 6 - 12                     3                   4                    
Age 13 - 18                     5                   6      

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 - $5.00 per day
  • Age 6-12 years - $4.00 per day
  • Age 13-18 years - $6.00 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 Northwest Territories, we rely on foster parents and adoptive parents to provide invaluable support to some of our most delicate and vulnerable children. There is always a need for a variety of foster care families and adoption homes in the Northwest Territories. Foster families and subsidized adoption homes are supported to receive financial support to meet the basic costs of day-to-day care of the child based on their age and also any special needs they may have.

If you are considering fostering or adopting, 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.