Expanding Horizons is a treatment foster care agency committed to the care and wellbeing of children & youth, licensed by the Ministry of Children and Yourth Services. Children and youth served by our agency include younger children, latency-aged children, and teenagers.
Expanding Horizons provides services to male and female children & youth where there is a need for continuity of care through stable family relationships, taking into account stages of development using the Foster Plan of Care as a guideline..
Care is provided based on an individual Foster Plans of Care that embraces culture, religion, sexuality, education, functioning, emotional, health, coping, recreation, career development, and aging-out components. Expanding Horizons works closely with Children's Aid Societies to compliment exsisting services and to provide short, long-term aging-out and aftercare care solutions to every child and youth living in an Expanding Horizons foster home.
Each foster home has a program component that outlines the expertise of foster parents, staff and the services offered. This gives referring Children's Aid Societies sufficient information when making a referral for a specific foster home. Matching the needs of the foster child/youth to that of the program, foster parent expertise, staff and overall service provision is essential to the care and wellbeing of each child/youth referred.
For a copy of our Executive Summary, please contact Marilyn Malton, Executive Director at (905) 380-7977.
Expanding Horizons philosophy of care is based on providing ongoing specific services that advance the child/youth needs and successful, seamless reintegration into society. To this end, we will provide a safe, predictable and nurturing environment in our homes where children/youth develop their potential in all aspects of their life. Our primary concern is to find the right home for each child/youth without the need to replace them in multiple homes.
Our vision at Expanding Horizons is to provide our foster children & youth with the essential tools that will enable them to make a successful transition to independence and young adulthood. Upon admission to our foster homes, we will offer the best possible individualized care and empower each foster child & youth with the skills to become independent and autonomous young adults.
What sets Expanding Horizons apart from other OPR's is our interest in helping youth achieve improved outcomes as they work to age-out of foster care. Our focus in on education and skill development through our "Trades for Success" program.
It has been documented time and time again that young people leaving foster care need to be better equipped to live independent of the foster care system. Expanding Horizons felt compelled to develop a program that would work to help youth gain transferable skill sets that could increase their chances of success post-care.
To learn more about the "Trades for Success" program go to the "Trades for Success" page of this website.