Links & Resources
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Newfoundland
Alberta Foster Parent Association
British Columbia > Federation of Foster Parent Associations
British Columbia > Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents
Manitoba Foster Family Network Inc.
New Brunswick Foster Family Association Inc.
Foster Family Coalition of the Northwest Territories
Federation of Foster Families of Nova Scotia
Foster Parents Society of Ontario
Fédération des familles d’accueil du Québec
Saskatchewan Foster Families Association
International Foster Care Organisation
Crayola© Creativity Central
National Geographic for Kids
Owl Kids Online
Sports Illustrated for Youth
Books That Might Be Useful
"For the Love of Sam" is a book written by foster parents Edie Newton and Eugene Organ. It is a story of their love for a child they helped transition from their home to adoption. They also created an on-line book as a template for other Foster Parents across the country to use to write their own story for children in care experiencing the same transition.
For more information or to access the online template, check this out http://www.princepublishing.org/
There are a few books we've come across at the office that might be helpful for talking to children about foster care. These include:
-NEW "Finding the Right Spot (When Kids Can't Live With Their Parents"
by Janice Levy
-"Maybe Days: A book for children in foster care"
by Jennifer Wilgocki and Marcia Kahn Wright
-"Murphy's Three Homes: A story for children in foster care"
by Jan Levinson Gilman
There is a good book for talking to children who have a parent(s) with alcohol addiction:
-"Wishes and Worries: Coping with a parent who drinks too much alcohol"
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
A good resource for talking to kids about diversity and acceptance:
-"It's Okay to Be Different"
by Todd Parr
-NEW "Mommy, Mama and ME"
by Leslea Newman
-NEW "A Tale of Two Daddies"
by Vanita Oelschlager
Additional books/resources for Foster Parents:
-Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide to Understanding Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Other ASDs
by Chantal Sicile-Kira
-1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
by Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk
-Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens (Helping Young People Learn to Use the Internet Safety and Responsibly)
by Nancy E. Willard
-Discipline Without Distress (135 tools for raising caring, responsible children WITHOUT time-out, spanking, punishment, or bribery)
by Judy Arnall
-The Gift of ADHD (How to Transform Your Child's Problems into Strengths)
by Lara Honos-Webb
-More Than A Mom (Living a full and balanced life when your child has special needs)
by Amy Baskin and Heather Fawcett
-Positive Discipline (The classic guide to helping children develop self-discipline, responsibility, cooperation, and problem-solving skills)
by Jane Nelson
-When Children Grieve (For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving, and Other Losses)
by John W. James and Russell Friedman
We have a copy of each of these books at the office. If you'd like to borrow one of them to check out whether it might be useful for you, please call or email us!
If there are other resources that you find useful in your work with children or that you'd like to let us know about, please call the office 1-877-754-0218 (toll free) or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Bursaries And Scholarships
VOCM Cares/NLFFA Bursary 2018:
Application Deadline is September 15.
See Link below for details.
There are a number of bursaries and scholarships available for post secondary students who have spent time in care; young people whose families have been involved with Child, Youth and Family Services; and biological children or adopted children of foster parents.
Please see information below and follow the links to obain applications and confirm application criteria and deadlines.
Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund
2018 is the second year for this scholarship, which is awarded to select Canadian youth with any government care experience starting their first post-secondary program. Criteria for this scholarship includes demonstrating community leadership (rather than a purely academic focus) and will award 150 young people through 14 national partner organizations. This includes all types of care or youth custody, not just those in continuous custody.
The application details:
- open to anyone who experienced 12 cumulative months in government care, including foster care and youth custody centres
- Students are guaranteed renewed funding for the length of their 2-4 year program totalling up to $10,000
- Students must be starting their first 2-4 year undergraduate program inSeptember, 2018
- Funds will be transferred directly to the school
- Students may use funding in conjunction with any other scholarship or funding source, including other Children's Aid Foundation of Canada scholarships
- Students are guaranteed Rogers retail, call-centre and/or internship job interviews if they apply to any of those postings during their program and upon graduation
- Enrolment and community leadership, not grades, are a criterion for recipient selection
NOTE: Deadline for applications: March 11, 2018.
Ken Dryden Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to select young people, currently or formerly in the care of the Canadian child welfare system, who demonstrate great achievement and promise. Each scholarship covers up to $3,000 or 80% of the cost of tuition and fees, whichever is less, and is renewable annually. The deadline for applications is the first Friday of March for the academic year starting that September. Please refer to the Youth In Care Canada's website for more information.
The Richard and Lorraine Hynes Memorial Award
This award was established through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. John and Susan Hynes. Valued at $3,000, it will be awarded to a full-time student who has been in foster care at some point throughout their life in Newfoundland and Labrador, but has not received financial support from Children, Seniors and Social Developement beyond their secondary education. The recipient must meet the minimum academic requirements for an award as defined by Memorial University of Newfoundland. Preference will be given to students entering their first year at Memorial University of Newfoundland, but all undergraduate students are eligible. The award may be held for more than one year. An application is required which is available at the Scholarships and Awards Office website at www.mun.ca/scholarships. The awared will be granted by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the basis of an application.
StorWell is offering an annual bursary of $2,000 in support of children in care to help them attend post-secondary schools and to offer a hand up as they make their way forward in life. The award is non-renewable but candidates are welcome to apply for it once a year.
Applicants must have been a child in care with an official Canadian or American foster care program and agrees to have the organization verify the same. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student at a recognized post-secondary institution and be a Canadian or American Citizen or Permanent Resident. The bursary application can be accessed at http://www.storwell.com/bursary-application.
VOCM Cares/NLFFA Bursary
This bursary is awarded annually to the biological or adopted child of a foster parent residing in Newfoundland and Labrador, in the amount of $500. Please click here for more information and the application form.