The foster family Resources team is primarily responsible for recruiting, developing, and maintaining a range of homes in which to place Children in Care: Family Care Homes, Safe Homes, Relatives of Children in Care, and Specialized Resources such as group homes and treatment homes. The Resource Workers monitor and supports the service providers, and liaises with MCFD child protection social workers to ensure child(ren)s needs are met.
In our various home settings, we serve children and youth from 0-19 years of age in MCFD, Nezul Be and CSFS care. Our team provides services in Prince George, Vanderhoof, Burns Lake and the 11 CSFS Member Nation communities. Our office hours are generally Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30 pm but are flexible when extenuating circumstances apply. The Resource team's mandate is to go into the foster homes or group homes every 90 days as per government standards, however we communicate with our caregivers more frequently at training, during phone calls, over text, and at community events.
Another important part of our role is to recruit and advocate for, and support caregivers. We provide training to our caregivers throughout the year on a variety of topics. Ongoing training ensures that our foster families are able to meet the unique cultural, holistic wellbeing, and developmental needs of our children in care. We provide referrals to a behaviour consultant who works with our foster parents when needed. We also provide referrals to CSFS Family Justice Parent/teen mediation; this service is available to our foster parents and teens they care for.
Our referrals for potential new caregivers and homes come from word of mouth, MCFD and Nezul Be transfers, Facebook, local newspapers and recruitment fairs. We provide services primarily to children in care from 0-19 years of age, but also support foster families with members from all areas of the life cycle.
The goals of the Resource team are to:
We are funded by Aboriginal Affairs and Development Canada, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, and through grants. Our services are provided free of charge to children in care and caregivers.
Contact the Foster Family Resources Team at the offices below:
987 4th Ave
Prince George, BC
Toll Free: 1-800-889-6855
PO Box 1219
240 West Stewart Street
Toll Free: 1-866-567-2333
PO Box 1475
653 Highway 16 West
Burns Lake, BC
If you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or give Vivianne a call at 250-563-3360 ext. 122.
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