Happy Foster Family Month

Posted in News on 28 Sep 17

Every October, we take time to celebrate Foster Family Month in BC.

There are over 1,000 children and youth on Vancouver Island right now who are not able to live with their families. They need a temporary home, a safe haven where they can stay while they and their families heal and become strong again. Foster families provide this.

Foster families make room in their hearts and homes for children and youth facing difficult times. They include them in that day at the beach, the Saturday popcorn and movie night, or the family dinner. They offer these temporary family members acceptance, support, comfort, and patience.

The Board and Staff of Foster Parent Support Services Society stand in awe of the compassion and dedication the foster families of Vancouver Island demonstrate on a daily basis. Thank you for being there for children and youth when their families can not be. Thank you for giving them the time, space, and support to heal and for letting them go when the time comes.

Orange Shirt Day 2017

Posted in News on 28 Sep 17

Orange Shirt Day
Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.


Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters
Saturday, September 30th Noon to 4:00pm
Centennial Square
Email: victoriaorangeshirtday@gmail.com
For More Information: http://www.victoria.ca/EN/meta/news/news-archives/2017-archive/orange-shirt-day-every-child-matters-is-september-30.html

There is Truth Here: Panel Discussion & Public Celebration
Saturday, September 30th, 2:30pm to 5:00pm
University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries, 630 Yates Street
Contact Katie Hughes at
Email: legacy@uvic.ca Telephone: 250-721-6562
For More Information: http://www.orangeshirtday.org/list.html

Orange Shirt Day
Friday, September 29th, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Room 140, Cowichan Campus, Vancouver Island Unversity
2011 University Way, Duncan
Email: cowichan@virl.bc.ca Telephone: 250-746-7661 x4
For More Information: http://virl.bc.ca/event/orange-shirt-day

Every Child Matters/Orange Shirt Day
Friday, Septempber 29th, 9:30am to 1:00pm
Building 170 Shq'apthut- A Gathering Place
For More Information: https://aboriginal.viu.ca/every-child-matters/orange-shirt-day

First Annual Walk to Reconciliation
Friday, September 29th, 10:00am
Dick Murphy Park
Organized by Aboriginal Success By 6 and Community Success By 6.
The event is sponsored by a Canada 150 grant. Organizers say:
"It allows us the exciting opportunity to walk together into a future that acknowledges the Indigenous culture that laid the foundation of our home and will shape our future."
The walk will follow a route around the Tyee Spit.
For More Information: https://www.weiwaikum.ca/first-annual-walk-reconciliation-planned-sept-29/

Premier Horgan expands tuition waiver for former youth in care

Posted in News on 05 Sep 17

Young people leaving foster care now will have access to free tuition at all 25 of British Columbia’s public post-secondary institutions, Premier John Horgan announced today.

“We want youth in our care system to know we are looking out for them and that we believe in their potential. That’s why we are expanding access to post-secondary education for youth aging out of care so they can thrive, not just survive,” said Premier Horgan.

This program – previously only available at 11 public post-secondary institutions – provides tuition waivers to former kids in care, who are less likely to have access to post-secondary education or training than young people who grew up with family supports.

“We’re in a position to make life better for young people who grew up without family stability,” said Premier Horgan. “By bringing down barriers to opportunity, and making advanced education more accessible, we can clear the path to success for these young people.”

Students accessing the program must be:

  • from British Columbia;
  • aged between 19 to 26 years; and
  • have been in care for a minimum of 24 months.

To read the full press release visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017PREM0076-001509

For more information on the new tuition waiver visit: http://fbcyicn.ca/sites/default/files/FAQs%20for%20students%202017%20.pdf

Aging into Community

Posted in News on 22 Aug 17

Aging into Community
Hosted by Youth Advisory Council & South Island SDA
Thursday, September 28th, 4:00pm to 8:15pm
Songhees Wellness Centre, Victoria, BC

Calling all youth in care ages 16 to 18 of Greater Victoria and Duncan Area in celebration of youth
transitioning out of care and into community.

Transportation available from Duncan.
Participants are invited to bring one guest.
- Free Dinner
- Safe Space
- Resources
- Entertainment
To register please email: mcf.yac@gov.bc.ca
or text/call 250-893-9102.


Communicating through Conflict

Posted in News on 15 Aug 17

Dialogue and Resolution Services Presents:

Communicating through Conflict

**Limited Free Spaces Available to Foster Parents at No Charge**
REGISTER by calling Krista at 778-430-5459

FASD Awareness Day 2017

Posted in News on 09 Aug 17

FASD Awareness Day

Friday, September 8, 2017, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Victoria Native Friendship Centre
231 Regina Avenue, Victoria, BC
Everyone is welcome to attend!
You can choose to attend part of the day or the full day.
If you would like to attend any of the workshops, please be sure to register.
This is a family-friendly event and includes a community luncheon, guest speakers, a sharing circle, door prizes and lots of community resources!

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9:00am - 9:30am
Check in for Workshops
Collect Gift Bags & Door Prize Tickets
9:30am - 9:45am
Opening Prayer, Acknowledgement, Opening Drumming Song
Welcoming, Housekeeping, Acknowledgements
9:45am - 10:30am

Keynote Speaker, Introduce: Janet Christie, with Bio
10:30am - 11:00am
Panel Speaker, Introduce: Matthew Pakozdy, with Bio
11:00am - 11:30am
Panel Speaker, Introduce: Amber Rainshadow, with Bio
11:30am - 12:00pm
Panel Speaker, Introduce: Correen Coons, with Bio
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Door Prize Announcements
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Sharing Circle with Glenn Patterson
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Workshops A & B
with Mona Carlson/Correen Coons & Michelle Anderson
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Workshops C & D
with Mona Carlson/Correen Coons & Michelle Anderson

Foster and Adoptive Parents Needed!

Posted in News on 08 Aug 17

Emergency Preparedness Information for Foster Parents in case of a Wildfire

Posted in News on 21 Jul 17

Currently on Vancouver Island we are fortunate not to have any out of control wildfires, but it is early in the wildfire season.
In case of a wildfire emergency or evacuation, please see information below
from MCFD for Foster Parents: (Click to enlarge)

Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by the wildfires.

Letter to Parents and Guardians from Provincial Health Officer

Posted in News on 12 Jul 17

This morning we received this letter from the Provincial Health Officer
regarding the Illegal Drug Overdose Crisis. We were asked to send it out to caregiver's on Vancouver Island.

If you have any questions or concerns specific to the youth in your care, you should contact the youth's social worker.

(Click to view both pages of the letter in full size)

Nanaimo Information Sessions July to November 2017

Posted in News on 05 Jul 17

Mission Statement

The FPSS Foster Parent Support Services Society is a Grass Roots organization committed to
providing meaningful and accessible support, education and networking services which will continually enhance the skills and abilities of foster parents to deliver the best care possible to the children in their homes.


145 - 735 Goldstream Ave
Victoria, BC V9B 2X4
Tel: 1-888-922-8437 (toll free) Fax: 778-430-5463
Email: admin@fpsss.com
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