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Annual General Meeting & Conference 2016 – Registration Now Open

Join us to kick off Foster Family Month this year on September 30th and October 1st, 2016 in Nanaimo at the Coast Bastion Hotel! Workshop details, information on our fundraisers, and the registration package can be viewed and downloaded in PDF format here: 2016 AGM Registration Package

Event Includes:
Thursday Evening—Meet & Greet with BCFFPA Board and Staff members
Friday—Breakfast, networking coffee breaks, lunch, workshops
Friday Evening—Fundraising evening event, complimentary refreshments and appetizers
Saturday—Breakfast, coffee break, AGM meeting and evening banquet (dinner/dance)

*AGM will end at approximately 1:00 pm. Participants are encouraged to enjoy an afternoon in Nanaimo.
**Registration table for both the Workshop day and the AGM morning opens at 8:00 a.m.
Please Note: Childcare is not provided for the AGM Conference Event this year.

******PLEASE REMEMBER TO BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM EARLY******
Call today to make your reservation at the Coast Bastion Hotel!
(please quote group code “CBI-GFC14599” when making your booking)
1-800-663-1144 or 250-753-6601

Mail or Fax completed registration form along with your cheque, money order or credit card payment to:

BCFFPA
3rd Floor—131 Eighth Street
New Westminster, BC V3M 3P6

Fax: 604-544-2223

Opening for Foster Caregivers at SOS Children’s Village BC

If you are, or wish to become, a professional Caregiver in BC, are willing to foster 3 to 5 foster children, excited about being a contributing member of a mutually supportive village environment, and are willing to agree to a minimum five year commitment, please contact SOS BC today at office@sosbc.org with a subject line of “Village Membership Inquiry”.  The Ministry of Children and Family Development, Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society and other Designated Agencies, are the employers of Caregivers in BC and we look forward to working with them as partners in the acceptance process of any applicant to the SOS BC Village.

About SOS Children’s Village British Columbia

As Canada’s only SOS Children’s Village, SOS Children’s Village British Columbia provides homes, a supportive village environment, and programs to help foster children and youth in need grow into caring, self-reliant adults.  Additionally we are developing programs to support foster parents on their journey to become professional Caregivers.  Located in Surrey, BC, on a beautiful 2 ½ acre campus, we have five (six bedroom) homes, transition suites, sports courts, playgrounds, forested trails, and a Village Centre housing homework and therapy rooms, a music studio, and activities space.  SOS is embracing a trauma informed interactive therapeutically intensive approach to working with foster families including: Trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy, Expressive Arts, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Neurofeedback, Narrative, and other therapies as determined by a foster child’s needs.  Other programming includes: Homework Club, Sounds of Learning (group and individual music lessons), Camps, Recreation, Cultural, Transition to Adulthood, and After Care.  After Care reflects SOS belief in lifelong connection with our children, nineteen is just a birthday, at SOS children who have been in our Village can expect lifelong support.  All programs and support for the foster families in our Village are provided at no cost to them, and a limited number of families also receive rent subsidies.

Visit their website at www.sosbc.org

BCFFPA Projects & Programs Update

Caregiver Training
BCFFPA’s Board of Directors is excited to announce to our foster community that, after much research, comparison and outline development done in partnership with BC’s foster parent support agencies, delegated Aboriginal agencies and the Ministry, BCFFPA  has chosen the Parent Resources for Information Development and Education (PRIDE) program for BC’s new caregiver training. This program is used to educate foster caregivers and social workers in several other provinces across the country.  The PRIDE community of practice ensures that the curriculum is reviewed and updated regularly.  PRIDE offers a multi-modality curriculum that includes facilitated online training.  Before we are ready to launch PRIDE across the province, the curriculum will be enhanced with information that is specific to BC’s policy, practice and culture.

The implementation plan for our new education program will be defined by the Ministry in the coming months.  We will be certain to keep you informed.

Resource Social Worker Training
In consultation with Ministry resource social workers, leaders and in review of previous materials, BCFFPA’s Board of Directors has selected the Justice Institute of BC to design and host the new resource social worker training curriculum.  This will be the first official training of its kind in BC for resource social workers and we are expecting that this will be a core requirement after its  development.

We are happy to be working with a strong committee of Team Leaders, other resource specialists and our Aboriginal Advisory Group who are lead by Lenora Starr, our content facilitator.  With this gathering of community members, we will be able to address  the required foundational topics that will enhance the skill set required of BC’s resource social workers and foster caregivers alike.

If you have questions about the development of either of these important training projects, please contact BCFFPA directly at 1-800-663-9999 or jayne@bcfosterparents.ca.

Advocacy & Community Outreach
For the first time in many years, BCFFPA has some funds available to apply to our support and advocacy program!  These funds will allow us to host a training or two, to engage a much-needed part time coordinator and to reimburse expenses incurred by our peer support volunteers for travel and child care.

Every day we receive new requests from across the province to provide support in complex situations that include adoption placements with foster parents, transitions into other adoption placements, protocols and investigations, appeals, home closures, contract issues, reimbursement denials and often relationship breakdown between Ministry or delegated Aboriginal agency and foster caregivers.  We are here if you need us.  Currently working through 72 open support cases, we see all cases through to their conclusion.

In order to reintroduce ourselves to new Ministry staff, we will be taking advantage of all opportunities to meet with community Ministry leads and front line staff.  If you have an abundance of new Ministry staff in your region, please let the office know so that we can connect with them when we are next in your area.

Cyberbullying Information for Caregiver Awareness

View the Representative for Children and Youth’s report about Cyberbullying: Empowering children and youth to be safe online and responsible digital citizens

 

Planning to Adopt a Child in Your Care?

Some BC foster caregivers have recently experienced extremely long waits to process the adoption of a child already placed in their homes.  Your adoption worker may not know that there are modification allowances to the process for experienced caregivers.

The Practice Standards and Guidelines for Adoption (BC, 2001) contains guidelines for adoption workers to follow when an experienced caregiver applies to adopt at child who is in their care.  Once the placement is already considered suitable, Practice Standard 45 provides allowance for modifications to meet the unique preparation needs of approved caregivers and experienced adoptive parents. “This Standard describes acceptable modifications to the adoption education program, to the gathering of documentation and information, and to the format of the written family assessment in order to avoid duplication or to prevent unnecessary delay in the placement.”

Click on the document name above and navigate to section 6-15 (page 187 of the document) for more information.

And watch our BC Foster Basics YouTube video about Adopting Your Foster Child!

BC Foster Basics Videos on YouTube

Tune into BCFFPA’s YouTube channel to view any of our informative videos for professional caregivers and community members covering a variety of fostering topics.  Click a topic link below to see one of this month’s featured videos.

Whether you are a new or seasoned foster parent or provide support to caregivers, there’s something here for you!

Some Words From Real Foster Parents

BCFFPA has created a documentary-style video to be used for recruitment of new foster parents across the Province. We hope that you feel it’s a good representation of your experiences as a foster parent. Thank you, from all of us at BCFFPA, for the valuable and difficult work you do and for your commitment to BC’s young people.