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Form – Natural Child Bursary Application | BC Foster Parents Association

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:

See below.

By mail: 

208-20641 Logan Avenue
Langley, BC V3A 7R3

By email:

office@bcfosterparents.ca

Next steps

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.

Natural Child Bursary Application
Name
Name
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Last
What is the most recent level of education you have completed?

A letter of confirmation from the educational institution where you have been accepted should be included at the time of application. If you have any issues with the upload, it may be sent separately to office@bcfosterparents.ca.

Maximum upload size: 104.86MB
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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.

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

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