About Amy and Jason
Having both worked for several years at a treatment home for boys, Amy and Jason decided to open up their home to children with Quinte Children’s Homes 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, in their 4 bed program. “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 seven bedrooms – three bedrooms upstairs and four bedrooms 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 fenced-in area to play and explore. The property includes a large veggie garden, fire pit, paved driveway to play on, large play structure and a basketball court.
Amy and Jason have three young biological children. Through Applewood Academy, they care for two female teens. Prior to that, they had a young man live with them for 11 years, whom they helped graduate both elementary school and mainstream high school and got him set up in a community living program. We continue to support and provide guidance to a 24 yr old female who has been part of the family since she was 15 yrs old and just recently purchased her own home.
The family enjoys experiencing the great outdoors through camping, hiking, canoeing, paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, swimming, campfires, woodwork projects, gardening and day trips to the beach. They also spend time with extended family enjoying the holidays and weekend get-togethers. Both Amy and Jason play sports, including soccer, baseball, broomball, ball hockey, ice hockey and running.
With lots of property to enjoy, the family is often seen completing family projects, such as renovations, assisting elderly neighbours with lawn maintenance and snow removal, maintaining their own yard/gardens or riding ATVs on the local trails. Inside the home, the group enjoys cooking, baking, playing board games, crafting, electronic time and entertaining friends and family. Everyone seems to enjoy Friday popcorn, movie and smoothies night.
Amy and Jason also like to attend sporting events, get involved in community events and volunteer. Jason is a Special Constable with Belleville Police, 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. Both Amy and Jason have their First Aid and CPR as well as always looking for ways to keep themselves sharp through online courses/webinars or other training opportunities.