The week of October 14 - 20 marks Foster Family Awareness Week.
Dawna Welsman is a short term foster parent along side her husband Jeremy through the Family and Children's Services of the Waterloo Region.
She says they have provided relief care for foster children on weekends and for holidays for a number of years.
"I love it, it's pretty awesome actually. My kids can't remember not having foster kids. For the most part they are a new friend to hang out, and we have had good experiences the whole way through," she said.
She says that they feel useful being able to open their home to children during their time of need, even it is just for a short period of time.
"Our point is that we are the newest friend that this child can have for the weekend."
The Welsman's became long term foster parents in 2015, when their children became older.
Dawna added, "We don't do this for recognition, we don't put it out there that we do this. It is nice the community gets to the know that the need is out there, and that everyone is welcome to be a foster parent."
Family and Children's services said they are trying encourage more people to consider fostering. You can find more information about becoming a foster parent here.