This week is BC Child and Youth in Care Week (BCCYICW). BC Foster Parents Association is a proud member of the BC Child and Youth in Care Week Committee. First proclaimed by the province in 2011, BCCYICW is a whole week devoted to celebrating BC’s incredible young people in government care. A group of youth in and from care advocated for this week so that their siblings in care could group up feeling celebrated for their diverse talents. They also wanted to raise awareness about the barriers they face and fight the stigma that comes with being a “foster kid”.
To kick off BCCYICW, we are launching The Ames Family Foundation Bursary. At BCFPA, we understand that availability does not mean accessibility. There is no age cap and the application process is simple and low-barrier. We encourage diverse and equity-seeking individuals to apply, specifically those who are Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQ+ identified, persons of all abilities, and the intersections of these identities. Six bursaries of $5,000 will be awarded to youth from government care. To apply, visit this page.
We would like to thank Ames Family Foundation for their generous donation which made this bursary possible.
PROVINCIAL CENTRALIZED SCREENING
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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