FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the need for foster parents/families a new initiative for the Northeast Foster Families is to host more foster parent information sessions.
These information sessions are held to share more about how to become a foster parent, how to offer respite and relief care, about foster care in British Columbia and about the need for safe and caring homes.
The next event in Fort St. John is Monday, February 4th, 2019 – Information Session 11:30 am to 1 pm.
Local resident, Amelia Neil is passionate about her role as a foster parent as she has done so for the past five years and during this time she has loved and cared for 26 children.
She shares with me that this was something she wanted to do as a child, Neil says “I started the application process when I was 3 months pregnant with my first child, we had our first placement by the time she was 6 months old.”
Neil goes on to share her favourite part of fostering “Is watching families heal and reunite. I enjoying being part of the transition.” She goes on to say, “I also like learning from more experienced foster parents. We have a monthly meeting and encourage each other. I get to glean from their wisdom and experiences as well as sometimes it’s nice to hear your not alone and the struggles I face may be similar to a struggle someone else has.”
“I wish fostering wasn’t necessary, but I think it’s important to be part of a community that uplifts and helps others when they are struggling,” said Neil, “Sometimes people assume we are foster parents because we are some sort of extraordinary parent skill which I can guarantee isn’t true, I feel like we are just willing to try.”
“Now that we are a part of the system we see the huge need and couldn’t possibly stop,” said Neil.
Starting in 2019 Community Bridge will be offering Foster Parent Information Sessions more consistently!
* Dawson Creek: Last Monday of every Month
* Fort St. John: First Monday of every month
* Chetwynd: Every second month, on the 2nd Tuesday.
The times of these sessions will alternate between lunch hour and evening. Please call Community Bridge 250-785-6021 ext 235 to learn more about attending one near you!
Direct link to North East Foster Families; CLICK HERE
For more information & to register contact:
Tiffany at 250-785-6021 ext. 235
Ministry of Children and Families office 250-263-0123
Above video shared from; CLICK HERE
An additional resource for fostering; CLICK HERE