Adopting a Foster Child
Some BC foster caregivers experience 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 adoption 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 a child who is in their care. Once the placement is already considered suitable, Practice Standard 45 provides an 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.”
Useful Links and Resources
There is a wealth of information available for foster parents. We have compiled some of the most useful resources in one spot.
Fosterline BC Newsletter
Each year, BCFPA produces three provincial newsletters for our community members that contain current news from across the province. We also include inspiring interviews with members of the fostering community as well as updated resources for foster caregivers.
Toll-Free Foster Parent Line:
Office hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday
Foster Parent Support Line (MCFD):
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:
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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Langley, BC V3A 7R3
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