Support from Other Agencies

BC Federation of Foster Parents Association

BCFFPA is a provincial organization run by foster parents. It supports foster families in their work as caregivers and advocates for quality service for children in care.

Website: http://www.bcfosterparents.ca/

BC Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents Association

The Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents (FAFP) is a non-profit organization run by and for aboriginal foster parents throughout British Columbia. They work in partnership with the BC Federation of Foster Parent Associations to support aboriginal parents and non-aboriginal people caring for aboriginal children in ways that respect aboriginal culture and traditions.

Website: http://www.fafp.ca/

Foster Parent Support Groups

Support Groups are in set up in three areas in the region. Contact your support resource social worker to ask about attending.

Fraser Valley Foster Parents Association

For membership and more information:

Fraser Valley Foster Parents Association
Box 152, 27402-32 Avenue
Aldergrove, BC, V4W 3N9
Tel: 604-856-1924

The FVFPA offers support to foster parents such as:

  • One on one meeting, over the phone or in person, support to caregivers anytime including during a protocol investigation.
  • A small lending library, and a list of services in the lower main land as well as a small list of relief care providers.
  • Workshops throughout the year on a variety of topics, and information on workshops with other agencies.
  • Newsletters
  • Relief House on Hatzic Lake: open to foster parents for that much-needed break ($30.00 per night per couple and $10.00 for additional adult and $5.00 per night for additional children).
  • Monthly Group support meetings:
    • In Surrey at Ricky's Restaurant on 152nd and 88th ave the 3rd Weds of the month.
    • In Langley on the last Tuesday of every month at the ABC Restaurant on 192 and Hwy 10

TriCity Foster Parents Local

TriCity Foster Parent Local meets on the last Thursday of the month.

Tricity local offers support to foster parents in a variety of ways. Local meetings discuss ways to foster relationships with social workers, provide education and understanding of the contract and the system under which the foster parents work.

TriCity members support each other under all circumstances that involve the Ministry and the children they have in their home. Members of the local act as supports to new foster parents and will attend meetings with foster parents to provide understanding and support.

Our first meeting of the school year is Sept. 24th and will be held in the home of Virginia Espadero, the Treasurer of the local. The meeting will meet at 7 pm and close at 9 pm. We will discuss the level system of care and the renumeration for each level. Bring your contracts and we will discuss various sections. Bring your questions and we will try to answer them or we will get the answers for the next meeting. Please email Jan Chapman for information regarding the upcoming meeting. Hope to see you at the meeting!

Jan Chapman, President
Email Jan directly at janchap@shaw.ca for information on upcoming meetings.

The Children's Foundation

Family Care Support Program

Support Services

  • Case Management
  • Family Support Workers
  • Social Skills Program
  • Support Groups
  • Caregiver Support

Case Management
Relationship building is a primary source of support coupled with skill building and developing strategies in behavior management, communication skills and networking. Liaising with natural families, schools, therapists, and psychiatrists ensures that a collaborative approach streamlines the process.

Family Support Workers
Family support workers deliver front line therapeutic child management service which includes: one on one child care, and groups of two or more. Duties performed involve direct work with the child, or youth including but not limited to physical activities, life skills training, facilitating social learning groups, and behavior management. RSW's also work side by side with foster parents to teach them behavioral strategies.

Social Skills Program
Weekend activities are scheduled to provide opportunities for participants to learn and practice appropriate social and leisure skills. A summer program provides structured programming throughout the months of July and August. School holidays and Pro-D day groups are also planned to provide activities and social skill building.

Support Groups
Family counsellors have regular meetings with caregivers which provide an opportunity to share their experiences, ask for support, and learn new strategies to reduce acting-out behaviour. These groups share some common issues and bonds.

Referrals for this program through:

BC Ministry for Children and Family Development
Residential Support Service Team
15405 88th Avenue
Surrey, BC, V3B 2S8
Tel: 604-951-5701

For further information please contact:

Nancy Holland, Program Supervisor
Family Care Support Program
The Children's Foundation
10453 137th Street
Surrey, BC, V3T 5B1
Tel: 604-586-3351
Fax: 604-586-3385
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
www.childrens-foundation.org

 

Pacific Community Resources Society Caregivers Support Program

The PCRS caregivers Support Program provides training support and consultation to Foster parents in Surrey, Delta, Langley, Aldergrove and White Rock. The primary goals of the program are to:

  1. Assist foster parents in understanding MCFD expectations and support them to meet these.
  2. Educate foster parents about trauma, how it impacts the children/ youth in their care and their families and assist them in implementing strategies to work on these issues.
  3. Help foster parents understand the stages of development and how they can assist the children/ youth in their care to successfully complete this developmental process.
  4. Support foster parents in understanding the relationship challenges and process' with foster children and assist them to work through these.

The Caregivers Support Program offers two distinct service components. These are a social worker in-home one to one support, consultation, education and validation component and a component that provides psychological assessments and comprehensive behavioural plans.

For further information please contact:
Email: lbirdsall@pcrs.ca or dverkerk@pcrs.ca
Website: www.pcrs.ca                 


 

 

SOS Children's Village

SOS Children's Village BC

SOS Children's Village BC provides support to caregivers of children and youth currently served by MCFD Aboriginal Services in Circle 5. Support includes, but is not limited to:

  • Establishing, maintaining, or increasing involvement in Aboriginal culture and community
  • Building cultural awareness
  • Promoting Aboriginal values, traditions, resources and practice
  • Relationship building between caregivers and MCFD and community resources (education, health, mental health, etc)
  • Home based behavior management/intervention strategies to build caregiver capacity
  • Promoting positive stress management and self care
  • Linking to relevant training opportunities
  • Caregiver group sessions (6/year)

Referrals can be made through the MCFD Program Liaison:

PO Box 102 - 10688 King George Hwy
Surrey, BC V3T 4W4
Tel: 604-582-2990
Fax: 604-582-2110
E-mail: office@sosbc.org
Website: www.sosbc.org

 

Lifeskills Outreach Program

The Lifeskills Outreach Program aims to strengthen the lives of children in foster care by offering various forms of support:

  • Therapies: Art/Play, Cognitive Behaviorial, and Neuro-Feedback
  • Academic Enhancement through Oxford Learning Centre

Every effort is made to offer the above services on a no-cost or low-cost basis (nominal fee for service for private referrals). For more information, please contact SOSBC at:

Tel: 604-582-2990
E-mail: office@sosbc.org
Website: www.sosbc.org

SOSBC also endeavors to provide culturally relevant activities and celebrations for Aboriginal children, youth, and families. Please contact us if you are interested.

 

The Children's Foundation

Out-of-Care Support Program

The Children's Foundation Out-of-Care Support Program provides direct support to care providers who are caring for children in Out-of-Care living arrangements.

Out-of-Care care providers can include anyone who has a relationship with the child such as a grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, family friend or a neighbour. Out-of-care living arrangement allows the child or youth to live with someone who is familiar to the child, reducing the disruption or trauma associated with placing a child with strangers in foster care.

Out of Care Agreements are legislated provisions under the Child Family and Community Service Act (CF&CSA) that allows the Ministry of Children and Family Development social workers to assess an Out-of-Care arrangement and enter into a legal agreement with a care provider. These agreements can include a section* 8 agreement (kin and others agreement) or a section 35(2)(d) or 41(1)(b) (interim or temporary custody to another person under supervision).

*section refers to the section of the Child Family and Community Service Act.

Eligibility
A Ministry of Children and Family Development social worker initiates the referral to the Out-of-Care Support Program when it is determines that the Out-of-Care care providers require support services.

The Out-of-Care Support Program
Provides direct support regarding child/youth behaviours in a developmental context. This can include education as it relates to parent-child interaction, child development, discipline and positive behaviour management.

  • Available to families with children 0-18 years of age
  • Service delivered in the care provider's home and community
  • Group and individual support
  • Assists with facilitating positive communication between care provider and parent/guardian
  • Assists with communication and liaison between care provider, parent, school, recreation, and other resources as identified
  • Utilizes a family centered approach
  • Connects care provider to key community services and additional support networks

Philosophy
The following beliefs will guide the services provided by the program:

  • Children and families have many strengths and skills upon which to build, even when faced with multiple problems.
  • All people can learn and change.
  • Children and families must be empowered to make changes in their lives and to take responsibility for themselves with support.
  • Family professional collaboration and partnerships are key to the successful empowerment of the family and child.
  • Children learn from consistent and skillful parenting in the context of strong interpersonal relationships and a feeling of belonging.

Program Goals

  • To provide support and stability, where practical, to Out-of-Care care providers. To assist with the success of the placement through administrative processes and the receiving of information and education regarding family systems, child development, and positive behaviour management.
  • To assist children to establish a healthy, positive and consistent relationship with their parents/legal guardians and the designated care provider.
  • To emphasize a holistic and contextual approach to each child as a person, as a part of the family, and as a member of the community.
  • To facilitate the care provider to increase each child's pro-social skills, adaptive functioning, and emotional development.

For further information contact:

Nancy Holland, Program Supervisor
Email: nancy.holland@childrens-foundation.org
Tel: 604-586-3392
Fax: 604-586-3385

Wayne Sydorchuk, Program Director
Email: wayne.sydorchuk@childrens-foundation.org

Out of Care Support Program
The Children's Foundation
10453 137th Street
Surrey, BC, V3T 5B1
Tel: 604-586-3351
Fax: 604-586-3385
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
www.childrens-foundation.org