Foster and Kinship Homes

Foster Homes

 

Foster parents and caregivers play a major role in healthy development by providing a supportive environment for children who cannot live with their birth parents until family problems are resolved and a stable, nurturing and safe home life is assured. They serve as role models, showing children how to live as a member of a healthy family. WJS staff enhance foster care experience and associated challenges by partnering with the family’s caseworker.

 

Because children and youth go through unique and often difficult transition when they enter foster care or move to a new foster home, they may benefit from specialized emotional or physical support. One of our primary tasks is to help with their loss by providing support to meaningfully express their grief.

 

  • Emotional support through youth work
  • Access cultural activities
  • Triple P parenting support
  • Grief and loss counseling/support
  • Behavioral programming advice

 

Foster Parenting Eligibility

 

Those applying to be foster parents must be approved in Alberta by Child and Family Services (CFS) and in British Columbia by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) or Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS), Foster parents and kinship providers receive training, support and financial compensation to care for the children in their care.

 

Kinship Homes

 

A basic WJS Canada belief is that individual challenges can be best faced and overcome with the support of family. Kinship caregivers provide love and nurturing in a familiar environment, enabling children and youth to remain connected to their kin and community. Living with people they know and trust reinforces a child’s sense of cultural identity. Tradition and memories encourage positive self-esteem. The extended and caring family supports children in building healthy family relationships, providing stability, creating a sense of well-being and keeping them safe. Placement in kinship homes help mitigate feelings of loss and separation for children and youth because they are still closely associated with their family. 

 

There’s a time and a place for everyone.

 

WJS Canada is committed to finding and supporting kinship homes for children and youth when parents are not able to perform their parenting role. As part of the extended family, a kinship provider may be a relative of the child’s, a family friend, or a caring adult who has a healthy relationship with the child. Working in Alberta with Child and Family Services (CFS) and in British Columbia by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) or Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS), WJS staff play an important role in recruiting, supporting, and assisting with the transition to kinship homes.

 

Help has a Home

 

Examples of support that WJS may provide to a kinship home include:

  • Emotional support through youth work
  • Helping to access cultural activities
  • Triple P parenting support
  • Grief and loss counselling and support
  • Behavioural advice and counselling

 

These supports help transition the child to their home environment so they can be successful in the school, community, and home life. WJS also enables the kinship parent to feel support in meeting the needs of the child.

Services
  • Coordinating visitation with parents including transportation
  • Coordinating purchases for specialized needs such as beds and safety equipment
  • Assisting with transportation to medical or specialized services
  • Introducing participants to community resources.
Program Details

Kinship Home eligibility. 

Those applying to be kinship providers in Alberta must be approved by Child and Family Services (CFS) and in BC by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS). Foster parents and kinship providers receive training, support and financial compensation to care for children.

Programs in Alberta

WJS Family Service Centres
Athabasca 780-675-4383
Slave Lake 780-849-5111
Lac La Biche 780-623-8022
High Prairie 780-926-3951
Peace River/Fairview 780-624-1029
High Level 780-926-3951

Programs in British Columbia

WJS Foster &  Kinship Care, Child in Care Services program provides a safe and nurturing environment for the youth we serve, who are helped to expand and become more confident in their abilities. We provide comprehensive programming for individuals and families together with residential and non-residential resources, individual and family counselling, behavioural and personal growth programs, mediation and programs to support independent living. The program targets reunification with family or alternate placement in supported or independent living.

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Children across Canada face the multiple challenges of a rapidly changing society together with the expectations of family, school, technology and culture. Some manage better than others. WJS Canada created Selkirk House to provide early intervention to children unable to manage in a family environment. Our goal is to return them back to their family as quickly as possible.

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