We have three models within our residential continuum of services which are designed to respond to the various levels of support required by each client.
Steps for becoming a host family for children, adolescents and adults with an intellectual disability or Autism Sprectrum Disorder
Are you interested in becoming a host family for a child, an adolescent or an adult with an intellectual disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder, and offering them a home and family structure that can make a difference in their journey?
These are the steps you need to follow to become a host family (for children and adolescents) or a family-type residence (for adults).
1. Submit a request
To submit a request, call 514-345-0210 ext. 231.
A telephone interview will be done to find out more about you and why you wish to be a host family or family-type residence.
2. Attend an information meeting
You will be invited to attend an information meeting.
During the meeting
- You will receive information on:
- Planning your project;
- Understanding your role;
- Understanding the particularities and needs of the people you will host.
- You will be able to ask questions.
- You will be asked to respond to different scenarios.
- You will be asked to complete a written test.
- You will hear firsthand from a family on what it is like to host a client from Miriam Home and Services.
Your responses from the test and scenarios will be evaluated.
3. Fill in the documents
If we determine that you fit the profile we are looking for, you will be asked to:
- fill out official documents;
- provide references.
The completed documents and references will be evaluated. If everything is in order, a therapist will contact you to set up a series of interviews.
4. Take part in interviews
You will be asked to take part in 4 to 5 meetings. During these meetings, the evaluator will ask you questions on various topics:
- your personal history and the history of your relationship (if you are in a relationship)
- how you carry out your role as a parent (if you have children)
- your family dynamics (ex. your lifestyle, how you communicate and interreact with one another)
- what motivates you to become a host family or family-type residence
- your ability to collaborate (ex. Professionals working with clients with a disability, the client’s family, partners, etc.)
- Your knowledge of intellectual disability and Autism Sprecturm Disorder
- Your knowledge of the needs of people with these diagnoses
5. Become a host family or family-type residence
All the information we receive for your application will be evaluated by a committee, who will determine if your application to be a host family or family-type residence will be accepted.
This step can take around 6 to 8 months to complete.