Canada is experiencing a crisis when it comes to foster parents.
PEI is home to just 60 foster homes, which are responsible for 225 children. PEI Child Protection Services say the shortage may force the province to place infants in the care of group homes.
The 2011 census shows 47,885 children in care across the country, with most under the age of 14.
Foster parents receive a tax-free stipend of between $600 – $1,400 per month, but no other support beyond that.
An official with the P.E.I. Federation of Foster Families thinks more parents would taken children in if they were professionally paid and given benefits, an idea that the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies disagrees with.
The number of homes available to provide foster care in Ontario dropped from 6,000 in 2010-11 to 4,800 in 2014-15.