To Foster is to Share Heart and Home with a Child


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What we do

PRESENTATIONS

We have developed two educational presentations that our staff can offer at your school, agency or group at any time.


Different Kinds of Families is a presentation for children/youth which talks about the different types of families that exist in our communities today. It is used to dialogue with children and youth about foster care and answer any questions that they might have. It also helps to reduce the stigma that still exists for children in care. 

Teachers have told us that this information fits with the themes of inclusion, and allowed for thoughtful discussion amongst students. We also find that it fits with grades who have units on family composition, and it also acknowledges the importance of cultural traditions and practices in families, thus, keeping with curriculum outcomes.

Presentations are available in three different formats depending on the age range of the audience/group. 

Foster Care: What You Need to Know is a presentation for adults who would like to learn more about foster care in our province, the work of the Provincial Association, and the process of how to apply to become a foster family if they are interested.

If you would like to discuss this further, please call Lori at 754-0213, 877-754-0218 (toll free) or email loripetersen@nfld.net

If would like to see copies of the Power Point presentations used for these presentations, this can also be arranged.

Please note: We are able to modify presentations to meet your group's needs.

Comments from students who have received the presentations:

"I learned that foster care is not always a bad thing".

"Kids in foster care are just like me".

"It's not the kid's fault that they are in foster care".

"I learned about famous people who were in foster care when they were little".

"There's lots of different kinds of families". 

Comments from teachers who have received the presentation: 

"This is important information for students to have".

"I learned a lot here today".

"This was great, thank you!"


PEER MENTORING 

April 2017

Thank you to everyone who applied to be a Peer Mentor to our new foster families. Those that have been successful have been contacted and our training is scheduled for May. We look forward to offering this support to our new homes :).


September 14, 2017


                                       Call For Peer Mentor Applications

The Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association has developed a Peer Mentoring Program and is now beginning the process of selecting peer mentors. Our goal is to have the program up and running by December. If you have been fostering for five years or more and would like to provide support to new foster parents, this could be a great opportunity for you.

Below, please see the peer mentor role description and the peer mentoring pamphlet. This is a volunteer position and mentors will not be paid for their time, however a small honorarium will be provided. Costs will be covered for foster parents to participate in peer mentor training.


If you are interested in this exciting new opportunity, you can request an application by contacting Amy at amykendall@nfld.net or by phone 754-0213 or 1-877-754-0218 (toll free). The deadline for applications is October 15, 2017.

If you are a new foster home or have been fostering for less than two years and are interested in being matched with a peer mentor, you can also contact Amy for more information. 

Peer Mentor Application



Peer Mentor Role Information 


Social Worker Reference


Peer Mentoring Pamphlet



SUPPORTING FOSTER PARENTS - PILOT PROJECT

Waypoints is a nonprofit organization that has been providing residential and support services to children, youth and families since 1978. We are very excited to announce that, in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association, Waypoints is now providing support to foster parents through a pilot project funded by the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services. The program is currently being offered in the St. John’s Metro and CBS area with the hope that it will be expanded to other regions in the province.
 
Through this Pilot, Waypoints offers professional support, hands-on interventions and after hours support/crisis response to 20 foster parents in the St. John’s Metro/CBS area. The on-call and after-hours support will support foster parents in the moment during a crisis situation, as well as post-crisis debriefing and will include either telephone consultation and direction or in-home intervention. All referrals to this program will come from the social workers of Child, Youth and Family Services. In addition to supporting the 20 families, Waypoints will offer monthly training to all foster parents within the designated area. This is a voluntary program for foster parents who would like more support and want to further increase their professional skills and knowledge. The program operates from the premise that families know best what supports. Depending on your needs you may avail of all aspects of the program or you may choose to avail of the professional development opportunities only. All foster parents engaged in this program will have an individual support plan and monthly case conferences.
 
This project has an Advisory Committee consisting of the Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association, Waypoints and Child, Youth and Family Services to measure goals and outcomes.
 
If you are interested in getting more information on this new resource for foster parents, you can contact Waypoints at 368-6024 or 722-9377, the Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association at 754-0213 or you can also speak with your social worker.