Oakville Children's Homes was formed in 1985 in Oakville, Ontario. Since that time OCH has maintained a continuous presence in the Oakville community. Oakville Children's Homes consists of a network of foster homes providing long-term residential care to children with special needs. Placement of children in a foster home takes place following an in-depth intake interview and close consultation with the placing agency and prospective foster parent.
Each of the homes is located in a residential area, close to schools, shopping, libraries, community centres, parks and public transit. All residences homes are equipped and furnished to meet the needs of the child and meet applicable safety standards and licensed by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. We have close to eighteen home located in Oakville, Mississauga, Toronto, Grimsby and Niagara Falls. As per Ministry guidelines, each home can accommodate no more than four children.
OCH follows Canada’s Food Guide and will ensure that the child receives a balanced diet taking into account any special needs such as allergies, religious requirements and preferences. Weekly meal plans are developed and posted in each house prior to the beginning of the week.
The OCH teams consists of the following:
Director: The Director has overall responsibility for delivering the Oakville Children's Homes program.
Residential Coordinator: The Residential Coordinator works directly with the foster parents to ensure all aspects of care are being met and acts as a resource and support person to the parents.
School Liaison Officer: The School Liaison Officer is responsible for maintaining on-going contact with school officials and OCH. Attends all school case-conferences and IPRC meetings and oversees all educational plans.
Front Line Support Staff: OCH has a well trained team of front line workers who are dedicated and conscientious in providing the best possible care. Staff members come from many different cultural and professional backgrounds and receive on the job training on an on-going basis. Most OCH staff members have been in the field of personal care, specifically special needs children, for 10 years or more.
Foster Parents: Foster parents are essential to the child's success. Foster parents are responsible for the day-to-day care of the child, including attending all medical appointments, completing daily log sheets and other reports. The Foster parents at OCH are dedicated and loving parents with extensive experience in caring for children with special needs.
Pharmacist: OCH works exclusively with Unicare Pharmacy. The pharmacy offers OCH staff information and training on pharmacology and administering medication.
Family Doctors, Dentists and Optometrists: OCH has used the services of the same doctors, optometrists and dentists for over ten years all of whom have a strong knowledge of the medical history of each child at OCH.
Medical and Behaviourial Specialists: OCH utilizes specialists as the need arises including behavioural therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and pediatricians. Due to its long standing presence in the community, OCH has developed a strong network of practitioners who are familiar with the medical history of the children and are readily available to provide support and services.
On-Site Nurse: A registered practical nurse is part of the day-to day team responsible for providing care, liaising with medical practitioners and monitoring administration of medication.