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September 14th information webinar on foster parenting

As the COVID-19 recovery process continues, we find ourselves in a crisis situation.  We believe the best place for kids to grow up is with their own family and within their own culture and communities.  If a family is struggling to protect or keep their children safe at home or with extended family or friends, a child may need a foster placement.  Foster parents, with the guidance and support of staff, are available to provide a safe and nurturing home environment as long as the child needs. We strive to reunite children and youth with their families as soon as possible.

We currently have a drastic shortage of foster placements. Children and youth in foster care can range in age from 0-18 and may have siblings.  Just like in our community, some children who need foster care have different abilities or accessibility needs. They come from all ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds and may identify as LGBTQ2S+ and we are looking for foster parents to embrace and reflect this diversity. We strive to match children with foster families based on all of these factors, along with their personal wishes (such as having pets, living in the city or country etc.). A diverse pool of foster homes gives us the best chance of finding the right fit for a vulnerable child to feel safe and as comfortable as possible while they are apart from their families.  While a child is in foster care, our goal is to respect and nurture the child’s culture and worldview.  We need your help to achieve this goal.  At this time, we are accepting foster applications for children of all ages. We currently only have a waitlist for people interested in fostering-to-adopt a child between 0-2. The next foster parenting training session starts in October, so there’s still lots of time to start the process.  It’s a nine-week training program and it’s asynchronous which allows you to fit the modules in around your schedule.

 

 

Who is eligible?  Queer people, single men and women, two parent families, parents who work full time, retirees and more.Dad with child

To find out how to become a foster parent, send an email to lindsay.ohara@facsfla.ca or sign up for our next informational session:

Webinar

Tuesday Sept. 14th 7-8pm
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/helping-children-in-need-foster-parenting-101-tickets-167367186761

Fast Facts:

  • 62 children/youth from our community are currently in foster care 
  • 8 current number of kids in group homes
  • 38% of children in care have Indigenous identification but we only have a handful of Indigenous foster families
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