Phones4Youth Program: Safety and Program Awareness Sessions

Phones4Youth Program: Safety and Program Awareness Sessions

Safety and Program Awareness Sessions for Carers

Provincial Practice Branch and Aboriginal Services Branch will be co-hosting Online Safety and Phones4Youth Program Awareness Sessions. If you support a youth between the ages of 13 –18 years of age, please join the sessions. They will be providing an introduction to the Phones4Youth Program which will provide youth involved with DAA and the ministry with a reliable smartphone and data and to provide you with Online Safety information so that you can better support the youth with their smartphones.

February 9, 2022 (Wednesday) from 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm PST

February 10, 2022 (Thursday) from 10:30 am — 11:30 am PST

February 10, 2022 (Thursday) from 1:30 pm — 2:30 pm PST

February 10, 2022 (Thursday) from 6:30 pm — 7:30 pm PST

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Local – Victoria: +1 (250) 952-9304,,245578606# (BC, Canada) English (United States) 

Local – Vancouver: +1 (604) 398-9304,,245578606# (BC, Canada) English (United States) 

Toll-Free: +1 (888) 952-9304,,245578606# (BC, Canada) English (United States) 

Local – Kamloops: +1 (250) 554-7244,,245578606# (BC, Canada) English (United States) 

Local – Prince George: +1 (250) 645-9304,,245578606# (BC, Canada) English (United States) 

Local – Nelson: +1 (778) 671-9304,,245578606# (BC, Canada) English (United States) 

Local – Fort Nelson: +1 (250) 233-7000,,245578606# (BC, Canada) English (United States) 

Conference ID: 245578606

Phone

Main:
604-544-1110

Toll-Free Foster Parent Line:
1-800-663-9999

Office hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday

Foster Parent Support Line (MCFD)​:
1-888-495-4440

Accessible weekdays from 4:00pm to 12:45am
Statutory Holidays & Weekends: 8:00am to 12:45am

EMERGENCY AFTER HOURS

Foster parents are encouraged to call this number in the event of an EMERGENCY or CRISIS occurring after regular office hours:

1-800-663-9122

REPORT CHILD ABUSE

If you think a child or youth under 19 years of age is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to a child welfare worker. Phone 1 800 663-9122 at any time of the day or night. Visit the Government of BC website for more info.

address

BCFPA Provincial Office
Suite 208 - 20641 Logan Avenue
Langley, BC V3A 7R3

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Our work takes place on the traditional and unceded Coast Salish territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Matsqui and Semiahmoo First Nations. BCFPA is committed to reconciliation with all Indigenous communities, and creating a space where we listen, learn and grow together.

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Invitation to participate in a research study exploring the relationship between contracting agencies and foster parents

Invitation to participate in a research study exploring the relationship between contracting agencies and foster parents

This research explores the relationship between contracting agencies and foster parents in the BC Child-Welfare system. Bradley Marsh, a foster parent and student researcher at Simon Fraser University, is looking for current and past foster parents to take this online survey. This survey focuses on the relationship foster parents have with contracting foster agencies. The hope is that this research will benefit foster parents and contracting agencies in their efforts to support vulnerable children and families.

Please click on this link to participate in the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/LG25TV8

To protect the anonymity of participants, any questions or comments should be addressed directly to Bradley Marsh.

Email: Bradley_Marsh@sfu.ca
Phone: 236-858-2797

Phone

Main:
604-544-1110

Toll-Free Foster Parent Line:
1-800-663-9999

Office hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday

Foster Parent Support Line (MCFD)​:
1-888-495-4440

Accessible weekdays from 4:00pm to 12:45am
Statutory Holidays & Weekends: 8:00am to 12:45am

EMERGENCY AFTER HOURS

Foster parents are encouraged to call this number in the event of an EMERGENCY or CRISIS occurring after regular office hours:

1-800-663-9122

REPORT CHILD ABUSE

If you think a child or youth under 19 years of age is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to a child welfare worker. Phone 1 800 663-9122 at any time of the day or night. Visit the Government of BC website for more info.

address

BCFPA Provincial Office
Suite 208 - 20641 Logan Avenue
Langley, BC V3A 7R3

Email

contact us

Fill out our contact form...

Contact Us
Sending

Our work takes place on the traditional and unceded Coast Salish territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Matsqui and Semiahmoo First Nations. BCFPA is committed to reconciliation with all Indigenous communities, and creating a space where we listen, learn and grow together.

© 2021 BC Foster Parents. Site design by Mighty Sparrow Design.

Collaborative Partnerships with Foster Caregivers Webinar

Collaborative Partnerships with Foster Caregivers Webinar

We are pleased to announce the launch of “Collaborative Partnerships with Foster Caregivers: Understanding the Important Relationship between Foster Caregivers and MCFD/DAA Staff” – a new orientation webinar intended for front-line ministry and DAA staff who work closely with foster caregivers. Guardianship and resource team members as well as foster caregivers are encouraged to attend.

The webinar was developed in partnership with MCFD’s Child Welfare Policy Team, as part of the implementation of the recent changes to Children and Youth in Care and Resource Work Policies. The webinar will be facilitated by BCFPA Board members and staff and MCFD Practice and Policy staff.

The goal of the webinar sessions is to provide foster caregivers and front-line staff with a better understanding of the additions made to the Children and Youth in Care and Resource Work Policies, help strengthen the critically important relationship between foster caregivers and ministry/DAA staff, help to better understand each others’ roles and most importantly, improve the outcomes for children and youth in care through collaborative practice, information sharing and modelling problem-solving skills.

The webinar will help to develop skills in collaborative relationship building, communication and problem-solving. We encourage you to attend one of the webinar sessions being offered on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PST.
  • Wednesday, February 2, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST.
  • Thursday, February 3, 2022, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. PST.

Registration for each webinar is not required and a recorded session will be available on the BCFPA YouTube channel and iConnect (for MCFD staff) at a later date. For questions, please call 1-800-663-9999 or email office@bcfosterparents.ca.

MEETING #1:  Tuesday, January 25, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PST.

Join Zoom Meeting via the Zoom app on your phone, tablet or computer

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Meeting ID: 681 8123 8221

Passcode: 191186

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Meeting ID: 681 8123 8221

Passcode: 191186

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MEETING #2:  Wednesday, February 2, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST.

Join Zoom Meeting via the Zoom app on your phone, tablet or computer

https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/66326186979?pwd=UWFadEhrZ2xVL1VzRWpvR3FXTjE4Zz09

Meeting ID: 663 2618 6979

Passcode: 168966

Join by phone

Dial +1 778 907 2071

Meeting ID: 663 2618 6979

Passcode: 168966

+17789072071,,66326186979#,,,,*168966# Canada

 

MEETING #3:  Thursday, February 3, 2022 07:30 PM to 9:00 PM PST

Join Zoom Meeting via the Zoom app on your phone, tablet or computer

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81629254970?pwd=Yk5oaVBiUVBjUiszam56WVhvT1o0Zz09

Meeting ID: 816 2925 4970

Passcode: 326528

Join by phone

Dial +1 778 907 2071

Meeting ID: 816 2925 4970

Passcode: 326528

+17789072071,,81629254970#,,,,*326528# Canada

Phone

Main:
604-544-1110

Toll-Free Foster Parent Line:
1-800-663-9999

Office hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday

Foster Parent Support Line (MCFD)​:
1-888-495-4440

Accessible weekdays from 4:00pm to 12:45am
Statutory Holidays & Weekends: 8:00am to 12:45am

EMERGENCY AFTER HOURS

Foster parents are encouraged to call this number in the event of an EMERGENCY or CRISIS occurring after regular office hours:

1-800-663-9122

REPORT CHILD ABUSE

If you think a child or youth under 19 years of age is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to a child welfare worker. Phone 1 800 663-9122 at any time of the day or night. Visit the Government of BC website for more info.

address

BCFPA Provincial Office
Suite 208 - 20641 Logan Avenue
Langley, BC V3A 7R3

Email

contact us

Fill out our contact form...

Contact Us
Sending

Our work takes place on the traditional and unceded Coast Salish territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Matsqui and Semiahmoo First Nations. BCFPA is committed to reconciliation with all Indigenous communities, and creating a space where we listen, learn and grow together.

© 2021 BC Foster Parents. Site design by Mighty Sparrow Design.

2021 Year in Review

2021 Year in Review

Since 2020, we’ve all had to adapt to a new normal, although what that looks like is different for every person and family. While our world has never felt smaller, the past 2 years has also been a reminder that we are more connected than ever. 2021 was full of monumental moments ­– the ongoing effects of the pandemic, supply chain issues, broken infrastructure, and multiple extreme weather events from fires to floods.

Collaboration has been a constant theme with BCFPA’s work this year. It’s never been clearer that tackling big problems require people working together. With your support, we have achieved so much this year. Here are some of the things that have kept us busy in 2021:

  • After a 26-month process, the wording recommendations for the Chapter 5: Children and Youth in Care Policies (used by the child’s social worker) received approval from all levels of MCFD and Delegated Aboriginal Agencies including the Secretariat. The changes are in support of the Foster Parent Rights and are intended to ensure that social workers are guided by policy that is inclusive and respectful of your role as foster parents. Next steps will be to make an implementation plan to ensure that the community of social workers and foster parents are aware of the key changes. BCFPA is working with the policy division to co-host webinars during early 2022.

  • BCFPA gathered concerns from foster parents about the requirement for in-person visits with bio family while the rest of BC is told to keep their bubbles to those who live in the same home. Science and medical experts established a low incidence of COVID transmission from children so it was difficult to raise an argument to support ongoing virtual visits for foster children. Our lawyer advised that no exceptions should be made singling out our community members.  We forwarded all concerns to MCFD provincial office.

  • Early in 2021, we met with Minister of Children and Family Development, the Honourable Mitzi Dean. She assured us that her office would continue to support our joint initiatives for policy change and discussions about the foster care maintenance rates.

  • The original and long-term underwriters for the Rider Insurance Program decided not to renew the program this year!  We eventually identified a new underwriter who was willing to support BC’s foster parents with a similar program but with a higher deductible of $10,000.

  • BCFPA has worked with an external claims adjudicator to design a program to manage foster home damages that fall below the Rider deductible of $10,000. We are waiting to hear more from MCFD regarding this proposal.

  • While the provincial budget in 2021 didn’t include any increase specifically for foster parents, we are still working with MCFD’s Strategic Priorities division to envision what a future payment structure will look like including a potential additional level of care.

  • Aligning our BCFPA Branch operations with the revised Societies Act and our new Bylaws meant that small changes were needed. We engaged legal counsel to work with us throughout this process. During our discussions, we discovered that additional changes are necessary to bring our Branches into compliance. We adjusted our policy documents to provide clear guidelines for our Branch members.

  • We anticipate that BCFPA’s contract with MCFD in the future will include the regular revision of the Foster Family Handbook as well as new YouTube videos annually.

  • New BC Foster Basics videos have been uploaded to our YouTube channel! Although the pandemic impacted the post-production of the BC Foster Basics YouTube Series 3 videos, we recently finished and uploaded two videos: (1) A Day in the Life of a Social Worker and (2) Aging Out of Care.

  • BCFPA is in discussions with MCFD regarding the need for contract stability for foster parents who are caring for medically fragile children and youth.  Recent situations wherein long-term contract funds have been unexpectedly reduced has resulted in placements that are put at risk.

  • Our Solutions Program has identified concerning gaps in the investigation review process.  We will be addressing this with MCFD provincial office and hope discussions will lead to revision of the 8.20 – Family Care Home Investigation policy section and further conversations with the Quality Assurance team.

  •  The Board had to make the difficult decision to change the 2021 AGM format from hybrid to 100% virtual. We were still able to offer virtual training and education which is accessible to foster and adoptive parents until September 2022. You can still register HERE. We also hosted three wellness webinars during Foster Family Month which you can access through our YouTube channel.

  • To celebrate Adoption Awareness Month, we hosted a town hall with BC’s Provincial Director of Adoption to answer some questions you have about adopting your foster child.
  • We met with Minister Dean in the Fall to discuss our activities in the community. We are happy that her office is so supportive of our agency and our joint initiatives with MCFD! We hope to have some announcements ready for our community in the Spring of 2022.

  • BCFPA participated in resolving a challenging community advocacy situation that had been ongoing for several years. With the help of MCFD leadership in the region, we were able to work together in a true team effort to create a significant change that met the needs of the entire community.

  • In the Fall of 2021, our members voted to change our agency name to reflect our essential role as the voice for BC’s foster parents. This exciting change has been in the works for a long time!

  • The name change presented an opportunity to rebrand. Our logo has been slightly changed to BCFPA. The process of rebranding is more than just updating our logo. We also redesigned our website to better communicate our programs and services, becoming more user-friendly and modern. We understand your needs so our redesigned website now includes features such as online membership registration and renewal and increased dynamic content. You can also apply for our grants and bursaries online and upload documents that support your application. There will be more improvements to come in the new year!

  • With the bylaw changes, came a restructuring of our membership classifications:

    Foster Parent Members (Voting):  Foster parents can still pay a small fee to join as a foster parent member, make motions and vote at meetings, participate in directing our association’s programs and services and benefit from bursary and discount offerings.  Your membership fees still support the family-focused and networking activities of our community branches.

    Associate (Foster Parent/Non-Voting):  We have added a classification for associate foster parents who want to join but aren’t interested in the nitty gritty of running our association. You can join at no cost, receive all of our general information, be eligible for some bursaries and ensure that your name is in our database for additional group offerings.

    Community (Stakeholders/Donors/Non-Voting): This classification is available at no cost for our partners and donors who wish to be present in our database to receive our information.

We have more exciting projects lined up for 2022 so stay tuned!

Please note that the BCFPA Provincial Office will be closed for the holidays from December 20th to January 3rd. We will be back to regular office hours on Tuesday, January 4th.

We hope that you and your family stay well and safe. We wish you a holiday season full of joy, warmth, and love.

 

Jayne Wilson

Executive Director

BCFPA Logo

 In Fall 2021, our members voted to change our agency name to BC Foster Parents Association to reflect our essential role as the voice for BC’s foster parents. While our logo has been changed to BCFPA, we still kept the tree within a leaf image which symbolizes strength, balance, grounding, roots, diversity and being an integrated part of a whole. BCFPA is truly another branch of the family tree!

New BC Foster Basics videos uploaded to our YouTube channel

New BC Foster Basics videos uploaded to our YouTube channel

We are pleased to announce that we have uploaded two new BC Foster Basics videos to the BCFPA YouTube channel. The BCFPA YouTube learning channel is an accessible location that hosts informative videos which serves BC’s foster parents and sector stakeholders. The purpose of the videos to give foster parents access to important additional information regarding fostering that may not be in current written reference material. 

A Day in the Life of a Social Worker 

Supporting Youth Aging out of Care

BCFPA celebrates Adoption Awareness Month

BCFPA celebrates Adoption Awareness Month

November is Adoption Awareness Month in British Columbia. It is a time to honour and celebrate the many families that have been created through adoption in this beautiful province we call home. It is also a time to remember that there are still many children and youth in government care who are waiting for a loving, permanent family.

Every child deserves a permanent family home and adoption offers light and hope in the darkness. It is truly fitting that Adoption Awareness Month follows Foster Family Month because fostering and adoption are deeply intertwined. Foster parents “stand in the gap” and support the best permanency goal for the child or youth in their care. While reunification is typically the primary goal of foster care, foster parents are often asked to consider adopting the child in their care if safely returning to the birth family isn’t possible. Each year an average of over 40% of all adoptions in BC are foster parents adopting the children or youth in their care. When foster families are unable to adopt, they skillfully facilitate the transition of a child from foster care to a suitable adoptive family or other permanent placement.

Adoption Awareness Month is a time for us to recognize the individuals and agencies who work tirelessly to support and help build forever families. BC Foster Parents Association would like to take this time to thank our partners, the Adoptive Families Association of BC, for their commitment to building prepared, resilient adoptive families. The adoption and permanency community stands strong because of you!

There are many ways to celebrate Adoption Awareness Month.

  • Use social media to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families. Follow Adoptive Families Association of BC (@bcadopt) for information on events and celebrations.
  • Send a card or a gift to an adoptive family you know.
  • Donate to dedicated agencies that provide programs and services for adoptive families.

On behalf of the fostering community, I extend my heartfelt thanks to all adoptive families in BC for choosing to build your families through adoption and providing children and youth with loving, permanent homes.

 

Jayne Wilson

Executive Director