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Family Home
What is Family Home Program?

Family Home is a flexible service that matches individuals who have an intellectual disability with people who can provide a caring, stable family environment on a full - time basis or for respite.

The supports offered are tailored to each situation and take into consideration the qualities and needs of everyone involved. These arrangements often see people becoming extensions of each other’s families; sharing special moments, milestones and personal accomplishments.

Community Living Kingston and District believes that people enjoy a better quality of life when they experience the close relationships of a family home.
 

Why do Individuals choose Family Home? 

Listed below are some of the reasons that individuals who have an intellectual disability and their families select the Family Home Program: Some families need a regular or temporary break to attend to their own needs and the needs of others in their household
  • Some families are no longer able to care for their loved ones but still desire a family like environment for them
  • Some individuals use it as a stepping stone to a more independent (future) living situation
  • Some individuals have had limited experience living within a family
  • Some individuals leaving the Child Welfare System wish to continue living in a family like environment

Who are Family Home Providers? 

Family Home Providers are volunteers who have chosen to open their homes and their lives to an individual with an intellectual disability.

Potential Family Home Providers come from diverse backgrounds and have a variety of experiences. They are carefully screened before being matched to share their home with a compatible individual. Providers are reimbursed for the expenses related to having another individual share their home.

Screening, Matching and Ensuring Ongoing Success

All potential Family Home Providers undergo a screening process. Once potential Providers are screened, further involvement becomes dependent upon finding an appropriate match.

The matching process involves exchanging information and introductions. Visits of increasing duration and frequency occur to allow ample time and opportunity to determine if the situation is right for everyone.

Each Family Home arrangement is unique. Each arrangement receives flexible resources and on-going support.



For inquiries about becoming a full-time or part-time respite provider, contact Eleonor Egidio @ 546-6613 ext. 284.

Interested in learning more about the Family Home Program, contact Mary Ann Maxwell @ 546-6613 ext. 234.
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