Foster Parents Impacted by Wildfires

To Foster Parents and Contracted Agency Care Providers impacted by the BC Wildfires:

With the serious wildfire situation continuing in BC, we recognize that you may have been impacted and possibly evacuated from your home.

In the event you have been impacted, the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD) has put in place a phone number for the specific use of all care providers (Foster Parents working directly with MCFD and contracted agency staffed residential and satellite homes) impacted by the wildfires.

Please call 604.310.1234:

  • If you are in a wildfire area and have been evacuated – provide your new location (we need to know the location of every child in care)
  • If you have been or are needing to evacuate and require support to seek alternative accommodation

In addition to ensuring care providers are supported during this time, we ask that all care providers needing to update their mobile phone numbers with MCFD phone in to 604.310.1234. MCFD social workers will make certain our records are current so that contact with the care providers for children in care with MCFD can happen as needed despite care provider location.

If you have evacuated your home community and require support please contact the local MCFD office in your new area. All MCFD offices in and surrounding the wildfire affected areas are available to any care provider.

For general information about the wildfires please refer to:
Website: http://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca
Twitter: @EmergencyInfoBC
Phone: 1.888.663.5555.

Regional District Emergency Operations Centres:
Thompson-Nicola: 1.250.377.7188
Cariboo: 1.250.398.5117
Okanagan-Similkameen: 1.250.490.4225

Thank you for your continued commitment to children in care.

FosterlineBC Summer 2017

Our newest issue of FosterlineBC in now available!  Nominations for Board of Directors positions (Vice President and Treasurer) are due in by July 31st.  See the magazine for more details!

Register Now for BCFFPA/CFFA AGM 2017!

Click below to view and print the Registration Package.  We hope to see you in Whistler for the AGM!

2017 BCFFPA/CFFA Registration Package

BC’s New Fostering Policy in Effect

BC’s New Fostering Policy in Effect

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.

Resource Work Policies Effective March 1, 2017
Policy Change Summary Table of Changes
Q & A Resource Work Policies 2017

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Deal

SUPER DEAL at Whistler, BC! October 1-7, 2017

$169/night (double occupancy, taxes extra, Fairmont room class) [$450/night value]
$15/night parking

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.

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Indigenous Child Welfare in BC Report

In June 2015, Special Advisor Grand Chief Ed John was approached by the BC Premier’s Office to advise and report to the BC government on the following three topics related to Indigenous child welfare:

  1. “Permanency” for then approximately 2,800 Indigenous children in permanent care under Continuing Custody Orders (CCOs).
  1. 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.
  1. Early years initiatives for Indigenous children.

His report was delivered in late November 2016.  Click the link to view the report.

INDIGENOUS RESILIENCE, CONNECTEDNESS AND REUNIFICATION–FROM ROOT CAUSES TO ROOT SOLUTIONS

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Become a Foster Caregiver in B.C.

Become a Foster Caregiver

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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*

  1. Call BCFFPA for an information package which will be sent by e-mail or regular mail.
  2. 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.
  3. Receive from us or your Ministry office the details for the next information session in your area.
  4. At the information session you will receive an application package to become a foster parent.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

 

 

Cyberbullying Information for Caregiver Awareness

View the Representative for Children and Youth’s report about Cyberbullying: Empowering children and youth to be safe online and responsible digital citizens

 

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