About Amy and Jason
Having worked for several years at a treatment home for boys, Amy and Jason decided to open up their home to children in 2007. “We decided to fulfill a dream of ours, of taking on a challenge and providing a family environment to assist children in need,” says Amy. “We provide kids with a structured family home where we have the time to build significant relationships and show them that they are someone special and can become anyone that they want to be.”
Amy and Jason want the children who live with them to feel safe, comfortable and cared for. “We want them to have the sense that they belong in the family,” says Amy. “We also encourage them to experience the love of the outdoors, appreciate the small things in life and have a sense of accomplishment.”
The couple hopes that children in their program come away with a feeling of being accepted and part of a family. They also hope to nurture children’s self-confidence so that they develop a sense of purpose and know that they can make good choices in their lives.
The family lives in an open concept, high ranch home in the quiet village of Foxboro, just 15 minutes north of Belleville and minutes away from Foxboro Public School. Their home has six bedrooms – three bedrooms upstairs and three bedroom downstairs. There are two bathrooms in the house and living rooms on both floors.
The home is located on over an acre of property, which gives the children a large area to play and explore. The property includes a large veggie garden, fire pit, chicken coop, paved driveway to play on, large play structure and a basketball court.
Amy and Jason have two young biological children. Through QCH, they also care for a 12-year-old boy who has been living with them for four years. The family also shares their home with a 16-year-old male boarder and they continue to support a past resident while she attends university.
The family benefits from the affection of canine friend Buster, a six-year-old collie mix, who is friendly and great with children. Buster loves walks and playing fetch. Amy and Jason also have 20 laying chickens.
The family enjoys experiencing the great outdoors through camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, gardening and day trips to the beach. They also spend time with extended family. Both Amy and Jason play sports, including soccer, baseball, broomball, hockey and running.
With lots of property to enjoy, the family is often seen completing family projects, such as renovations, building a chicken coop, caring for the chickens, maintaining the yard or riding their newly acquired ATV on the local trails. Inside the home, the group enjoys cooking, baking and entertaining friends and family.
Amy and Jason also like to attend sporting events, get involved in community events and volunteer. Jason is a driver with a courier company, a job that allows him to be home in the evenings and on weekends.
Education and Experience
Amy studied Law and Security, specializing in Corrections. She worked in a residential treatment home for adolescent boys for eight years. Jason holds a Social Service Worker diploma and also worked in a treatment home for boys for several years.
QCH Parent Therapists
All Quinte Children’s Homes parent therapists are current in First Aid/CPR and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention. To learn more about Amy and Jason or to inquire about bed availability, please contact us at 613-968-8569.