What are the different types of caregiving ?
- Respite care: when a person or family temporarily cares for another family’s child. This gives the child’s biological family a break so the parents can get step away for some restorative time.
- Foster care: provides alternative care for children who are unable to live with their birth parents or legal guardians. We embrace the learning and teachings of Indigenous Knowledge and Oral Traditions, and are committed to providing the best alternative care for Indigenous children.
- Relief care: provides a break to foster caregivers in caring for the child(ren).
1. Do I have to be Indigenous to care for Indigenous children and youth?
2. Do I have to reside in Vancouver?
3. Who can care for Indigenous children?
4. Do I need to own a home?
5. What are the age groups for caregiving?
6. Why do we need Indigenous caregivers?
7. Can I choose who I can provide care for?
8. Is training provided for caregiver preparation?
9. Is COVID-19 vaccination required?
We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply as children and youth have diverse interests that may also match your interests.
The geographical area of our current caregivers include Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey, and Delta.
We need people who are able to care for children with a variety of needs. People who are motivated and willing to look at caregiving from a unique perspective will have the best understanding of sharing their lives with Indigenous children and their families.
You may be eligible to be a caregiver regardless if you rent or own your residence.
We require homes that will care for infants, sibling groups, and teenagers up to the age of 19 years of age.
The more extended relationships with Indigenous Peoples, the stronger a child’s Indigenous identity will be.
There are a number of variables that influence how children are placed with caregiver families. We need to know the skills, strengths and limits of each home. VACFSS assesses the child’s needs and determines a plan of care in collaboration with the child’s First Nation community. All of the information we have about the child is shared openly with caregivers.
Training is a part of the caregiver experience. Some training is mandatory to provide you with knowledge and keep you aware of how the care system works. Other training is provided throughout the year as we obtain opportunities to share the latest information about caregiving. We also value cultural learning experiences and share them whenever and however we can.
Yes, full vaccination for COVID-19 is required for VACFSS caregivers.