Natural Child Bursary
The Natural Child Bursary was founded in 1991 for the birth or adopted children of BCFPA foster parent members in BC who have completed Grade 12 and wish to pursue a vocational, trade, or academic post-secondary program at an accredited BC institution.
Who can apply
You are a birth or legally adopted child of a foster parent who has held a membership in the BC Foster Parents Association for three consecutive years.
You are currently a BC resident.
You have completed Grade 12 and are currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a post-secondary academic, technical or vocational program, a recognized public post-secondary institution, or a registered private post-secondary institution. A letter of confirmation should be included with your application.
You are able to provide two reference letters from two significant people in your life (e.g. teacher, mentor or friend). One of the letters needs to be written by a non-family member.
You will submit a 500-word essay about the important lessons you have learned as a member of a foster family and how your experiences helped shape who you are today.
When to apply
Applications will be accepted in May of each year.
Amount of bursary
One annual bursary of $500 will be distributed. Recipients are limited to the awarding of one bursary annually.
How to submit your application
You can submit your application in one of three ways; online, by mail, or by email.
By online form:
208-20641 Logan Avenue
Langley, BC V3A 7R3
Once the application has been reviewed, BCFPA will notify the candidate by email or phone of the status of the application. Cheques are issued payable to the applicant and sent to the applicant’s mailing address. Please allow four weeks from the date that you receive the notification for your cheque to arrive.
EMERGENCY AFTER HOURS
Foster parents are encouraged to call this number in the event of an EMERGENCY or CRISIS occurring after regular office hours:
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.
BCFPA Provincial Office
Suite 208 - 20641 Logan Avenue
Langley, BC V3A 7R3
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