The Caregiver Support Service Standards has been revised and is called the Resource Work Policies. This new document is now in effect (as of March 1, 2017). Click on the links below to view the new policy and other documents relating to this change. Contact BCFFPA to let us know if you have any questions or concerns at 1-800-663-9999.
BCFFPA is undertaking a review of the Foster Parent Rights document that was signed in 2008 by BCFFPA then-president Melanie Filiatrault and MCFD Minister Mary Polak. We invite you to review the document and send us your thoughts about any additional Rights you feel should be included into the document. Our goal is to move forward with the process of having the Foster Parents Rights moved into legislation so that they are legally binding. This may be a lengthy process, but BCFFPA is committed to succeeding.
Please send your ideas by February 11th, 2017 to email@example.com
If you or someone you know has a foster youth between the ages of 16-24 that could use one-on-one support with a youth worker to guide and support them through the following areas, please be sure to apply:
- GED/ Post Secondary Education
- Life Skills
- Financial Literacy
- Self Care
More information on the program can be found at: http://www.sosbc.org/our-programs/transitiontoadult
Referrals can be made online at: http://www.sosbc.org/our-programs and click on PRE SCREEN Referral!
$169/night (double occupancy, taxes extra, Fairmont room class) [$450/night value]
BCFFPA has arranged for this special rate for the whole week leading up to Thanksgiving. Come experience Whistler before the snow flies in the Autumn of 2017!
Call BCFFPA at 1-800-663-9999 for the booking code to reserve your vacation!*
*This offer is available to everyone, not just foster parents.
- “Permanency” for then approximately 2,800 Indigenous children in permanent care under Continuing Custody Orders (CCOs).
- The Council of the Federation’s July 2015 report, Aboriginal Children in Care – Report to Canada’s Premiers, with the expressed interest in focusing on reducing the number of Indigenous children in care and enhancing prevention and intervention work.
- Early years initiatives for Indigenous children.
His report was delivered in late November 2016. Click the link to view the report.
Trinity MCKENZIE was last seen on Monday, November 7th at her residence in the 15500 block of 91A Avenue. She has not been seen or heard from since.
Trinity is described as a 15 year old Caucasian female, 5’10” tall, 124lbs, with blonde hair with purple colouring and shaved on one side (please see photo).
Police and family are concerned for her health and well-being.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of this person is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2016-163955.
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Call us today at 1-800-663-9999 to request an information package or click APPLY NOW to download our PDF intake form.
Right now there are more than 1000 kids across B.C. who need temporary foster families when they can’t live at home. Many of these children and teens come from hard places; however fostering can have a huge positive impact on their lives.
Our foster families come from a variety of backgrounds, each with different life experiences, skills, and qualities. They do, however, share a few things in common:
- All are residents of B.C. who are (at least) 19 years of age
- Their homes are safe and nurturing
- Each is comfortable in providing guidance and supervision that meets the child’s needs and their cultural heritage
- They are active members of the child’s care team
Here are the steps to becoming a foster parent*
- Call BCFFPA for an information package which will be sent by e-mail or regular mail.
- Once you have read through the info package, call us back and we will do an intake form to forward to the Ministry office in your area or click the APPLY NOW button to fill out an intake form and send directly to us.
- Receive from us or your Ministry office the details for the next information session in your area.
- At the information session you will receive an application package to become a foster parent.
- If your application is accepted by the Ministry, you are then invited to attend an 18 hour introductory course that prepares you to become a foster parent.
- The Ministry will complete a homestudy and all necessary paperwork before placement of children in your home.
*The process of becoming a foster parent may vary in some regions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.