Join Our Circle of Foster Caregivers
We are seeking foster caregivers residing in the Greater Vancouver area that can provide a nurturing and loving home for children and youth. Foster caregivers are supported to succeed in their role with holistic training, including a caregiver cultural camp, workshops, ceremony and access to online cultural resources.
Our Resources program is guided by the Child Family and Community Services Act (CFCSA). Children in care have the right to remain connected with their immediate/extended family, their heritage and/or community; this is known as Inclusive Foster Care. Inclusive fostering was identified as a step to begin transforming the foster care system to include the ongoing participation of parents and extended family in caring for their children. The focus is the best interest of the child; the goal is preserving the family ties. It is a partnership where parents and foster caregivers teach and support each other to care for the child.
Those interested in fostering with VACFSS must reside in one of the following geographical locations: Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey, and Delta.
Types of family homes :
VACFSS is seeking short and long-term family care homes as well as relief and respite caregivers. Respite care is when 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. Relief care is providing a break to other foster caregivers.
The complete process to become a foster caregiver is 6 to 8 months, and at times longer. We value your patience while the work is in progress.
STEPS TO BECOMING A FOSTER CAREGIVER
1. Establish what your reasons and motivations are for wanting to become a foster caregiver
- Patience, understanding, appreciation and love for children and youth;
- Who are knowledgeable and experienced with children’s needs and have a commitment to making a positive contribution to their lives;
- Who will maintain a stable, structured and positive home environment;
- Who have a willingness to participate in ongoing training opportunities to enhance and support their roles as caregivers;
- Who are willing to take an active role as part of a professional team working with children in care;
- Who value and actively participate in VACFSS’s Inclusive Foster Care policy that provides opportunities for children to remain connected with their cultural heritage and families;
- Who live within the lower mainland geographic area and have access to their community resources and services;
- That have the physical space to accommodate a child.
2. Submit contact form
3. Attend an information session
4. Request and complete an application to provide foster care
5. The Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) Home Study
We are seeking individuals who can care for children and provide the below;
If you have these qualities and can provide a nurturing, caring, loving home to children in care, we welcome you to join our circle!
Submit your contact information using the form at the bottom of this page. Once the form is submitted, a social worker will have a conversation with you about your interest in foster caregiving. This conversation can be a first helpful tool to assess yourself and your decision to continue the process to become a foster caregiver.
You will then be invited to an information session where the process of becoming a foster caregiver will be described on a visual or in person platform with other applicants. We will have guest speakers , youth and foster caregivers who will present their lived experience and perspective of children and youth in care.
At your request, after attending an information session, an application package will be mailed to you to complete then return in person or mail to our office to begin processing. A resource file will be opened and our recruitment team will process the application; if successful, your application will move forward with a home study.
A social worker will commence the SAFE home study interviews with a number of sessions that will be arranged. Areas that will be discussed are: your history, personal characteristics, partner relationship, a conversation with everyone who lives in the home, addressing extended family relations, viewing the physical environment of your home and assessing general parenting styles and skill.
We offer a support system and expect our caregivers to work in partnership with VACFSS and our contracted partners. When a home study is completed, a recommendation to close the application or move forward as an approved caregiver is provided.
Attend an Information Session
Our Foster Caregiver Information Sessions are now being facilitated virtually due to COVID-19. Please submit the contact form below or call 604-216-7447 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for our Information Session.