BC Child and Youth in Care Week Events

Posted in News on 24 May 17

VICTORIA

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Monday, June 5th, 2017, After School
Silver City Movie Theatre
3130 Tillicum Road, Victoria
(Rated PG for mild rude humor throughout)
Link to Movie Trailer: 
**Please note: Cineplex will confirm if this will be the movie shown and
announce start time one week before the event. 
Time will be between 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm**
Please RSVP to  slcase@shaw.ca by Monday, May 29th.

 

Annual BC Child and Youth in Care Week BBQ

Wednesday June 7th from 11:30 - 1:30
MCFD Youth Office
2814 Nanaimo St, Victoria BC

 

Celebration of Our Youth

Thursday, June 8th, 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Surrounded by Cedar Child and Family Services
1497 Admirals Road, Victoria
See poster for more information.
Brought to you by Indigenous Perspectives Society and Surrounded by Cedar

 

Celebration of Our Kids

Saturday, June 10th, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Indigenous Perspectives Society
664 Granderson Road, Langford
See poster for more information.
Brought to you by Indigenous Perspectives Society and Surrounded by Cedar

 

COWICHAN VALLEY

STAY TUNED...

 

NANAIMO

BC Child and Youth in Care Week BBQ
Thursday, June 8th, 2:30 to 5:00pm
Bowen Park
Volleyball Courts (Youth Area)
Lower Picnic Area (Children's Area)
Barbeque, valley ball, bouncy castle and more!
Hotdogs, hamburgers and cake will be served.

 

COMOX VALLEY

 

Carnival Event

Thursday, June 8th, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Lake Trail Middle School
805 Willemar Ave, Courtenay
Gymnasium and Bouncy castle plus gerbil balls.

 

CAMPBELL RIVER

 

Youth in/from Care Pizza Party

Friday, June 9th,  3:00 to 6:00pm
The Foundry/John Howard Society NI
140A 10th Ave, Campbell River
John Howard Society NI and Monica White, coordinator for our new Youth in Care Network,
invites all youth in care to celebrate Youth in Care Week with a pizza party.
Contact Monica for details:
Cell: (250) 202 7209, call or text.

Foster Parents You DO Make a Difference Conference

Posted in News on 23 Feb 17

You are invited to our 2017 Island-Wide Conference

"Foster Parents You DO Make a Difference"

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 and Thursday, April 20th, 2017

8:15am to 4:00pm (8:15am to 9:00am Check-in and Meet and Greet)

Beban Park Recreation Centre,  2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC

Join us for this exciting two-day conference featuring two incredible speakers. Meet and network with your Local FPSS Society Coordinator and other foster parents from communities throughout Vancouver Island.

Featuring Guest Speakers:

Tamara Strijack, Clinical Counsellor, Neufeld Institute Faculty
Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Tamara will be speaking on transplanting roots, cultural identity, attachment and transitions.

Derek Clark, Motivational Speaker and Author
Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Derek will be speaking on Resiliency to Redemption, Spirit of a Child: From Rejection to Connection to Direction,
Rejuvenating Their Spirit and Positive Outcomes.

Health Breaks and Lunch will be provided.

Who Should Attend?

Foster Parents, Resource, Protection and Guardianship Workers, Adoptive Parents,
Relatives Caring for Children, and Community Partners.

Ticket Prices

Foster Parents:
One Day: Early Bird $25.00 ($40.00 after March 31st)
Two Days:Early Bird $40.00 ($60.00 after March 31st)

Community Members/Agency Staff:
One Day: Early Bird $50.00 ($70.00 after March 31st)
Two Days: Early Bird $75.00 ($100.00 after March 31st)

Hotel Booking Information

To book your room at our special rate of:
$110.00 (Single occupancy)+15% taxes
$120.00 (Double occupancy) +15% taxes

Call 1-800-565-1144 to make your reservation at the Inn on Long Lake in Nanaimo.
When calling the hotel: Please be sure to quote "Foster Parent Support Services Society"
when making your booking.

To register visit: https://goo.gl/8RXbF4

Please contact the FPSS Society Regional Office at 1-888-922-8437 to inquire about subsidies.

 

Updated BCFCE Winter 2017 Schedule

Posted in News on 20 Feb 17

Due to snow and other events, some BCFCE classes were postponed in most areas. You can view an updated schedule here: http://fpsss.com/education/bcfce-schedules/ with the dates for make up classes highlighted in dark blue.
Our Spring schedule will go out in the newsletter the first week in March.

High Need for Caregivers in Nanaimo

Posted in News on 31 Jan 17

Do you have room in your heart?

Nanaimo is currently in HIGH NEED of several caregivers who will open their hearts and their homes to children and youth from our community.

We are in need of stable and nurturing families to care for children who, for a variety of reasons, cannot live with their family.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about becoming a foster family, please join us at an upcoming information session.

  • Wednesday, February 8, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, February 9, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday March 8, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, March 9, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 5, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, April 6, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 3, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, May 4, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 14, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, June 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Call Rachel at 250.741.5436 or Suzanne at 250.741.6732 to reserve your seat.

All info sessions will be held at the Ministry of Children and Family Development 202 - 488 Albert Street, Nanaimo, BC.

Season’s Greetings!

Posted in News on 21 Dec 16

Former foster kid benefits from educational supports, wants to help Aboriginal youth

Posted in News on 22 Nov 16

Meet Raven, who at 19 years of age ‘aged out’ of ministry care, having been in more than 20 foster homes since the age of four.  

“It’s a difficult process to age out, to go from being supported with food and shelter and then go to having nothing. It’s really scary, so the extra support can only help.”

Raven didn’t let her past guide her future. With help from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) she completed high school and studied at the University of British Columbia. She now works as a program analyst with MCFD with a goal to improve conditions for Aboriginal youth in government care.

“I’ve heard lots of negative things about growing up in care,” she says. “But that’s not my reality. My goal is to make Aboriginal youth feel empowered to make changes.” She’s hoping others can benefit from the same programs that have helped her.

Raven is grateful for support from the Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) program and Youth Education and Assistance Fund (YEAF) for youth who have aged out of care. AYA covers costs like living expenses, child care, tuition and health care while a young person is in school or a rehabilitation program. YEAF supports post-secondary education and training for former youth in care through bursaries. 

“AYA and YEAF helped me by covering the cost of my education. It allowed me to complete an adult diploma and two years of university. AYA helps us feel ‘normal’ and gives us a sense of hope for the future.”

Recent improvements to AYA are expected to double the number of young people who are eligible for the program. The changes boost AYA eligibility to 26 years old from 24 while increasing the length of time a young person can receive benefits, from two years to four. 

Raven welcomes the changes. “I ran out of AYA time when I was only 22 years old. One of the main reasons I did not complete my degree program was that I had to start using student loans, which added up quickly. Having 48 months of AYA support would have encouraged me to complete my degree.” 

Raven is also a member of the Youth Advisory Council, which provides advice to the ministry about programs to support youth in care. The council is made up of youth and young adults who are or were previously in government care. It has helped launch important supports like AgedOut.com, a website built to teach young people about the supports and services that are available to ease their transition to adulthood. 

As a Youth Advisory Council member, Raven has drawn from her experiences in foster care to help others in the same situation. “I had the opportunity to give input on my experiences to a panel on Aboriginal custom adoption by the Province’s special advisor Grand Chief Ed John.”

After facing a challenging start as a child in foster care, Raven is now lending her voice and taking action to improve the experiences for Aboriginal youth in government care. 

Learn more:
For more information about AYA, please visit: http://ow.ly/d2oe306omTl
For more information about YEAF, please visit: http://ow.ly/K4mn305a2KW
If you are a young person 17-28 years old and would like to learn more about the Youth Advisory Council or become involved, please visit: http://ow.ly/JmXF300TvoW

View the article:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016CFD0057-002470

Representative’s statement on appointment of new Representative

Posted in News on 18 Nov 16

November 15, 2016
I am pleased that the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth has today appointed an Acting Representative for Children and Youth, effective Nov. 27, 2016.

To read Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's full statement regarding the appointed Acting Representative visit:
https://goo.gl/5gHeHd

B.C. leads Canada, extends support for youth aging out of care

Posted in News on 19 Oct 16

To view this article on BC Government News visit:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016CFD0047-002023?WT.cg_n=HootSuite

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More youth in care will benefit from extended supports, including life skills programs that focus on financial planning, healthy living and employability, thanks to changes to the Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) program.

Previously, AYA was available for former youth in care from their 19th birthday to their 24th. The changes boost eligibility to the age of 26 and increase the length of time a young person can receive benefits, from two years to four, helping ensure more young people from government care have the opportunity to achieve their goals and succeed in life.

The AYA program covers costs like living expenses, child care, tuition and health care, while a former youth in care is attending school or a rehabilitation program. AYA is now also being expanded to include life skills programs, which help give young adults the tools and knowledge that they need to make positive decisions that can enrich their future.

Former youth in care can apply for an AYA as early as Nov. 30, 2016, with life skills courses starting in the new year. An application process for interested service providers will be posted on the BC Bid website on Oct. 18, 2016, and the full list of approved life skills programming service providers will be available online by Nov. 30, 2016.

Enhancements to the AYA program help solidify B.C.’s place as a leader in Canada, exceeding many of the supports and services provided by other jurisdictions. No other province in the country provides this extensive degree of support – and for as long – to young adults who have been in government care.

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Quotes:

Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development –

"Like any other young person, youth from care are eager to exercise their independence, but recognize they also need the financial support and guidance to chart their own future. With these changes, they are supported as many other young people their age would be as they move towards adulthood. There are some who will say that these changes don’t go far enough; that the only way to help the young adults who are aging out is to keep them in foster care until they are 26. To be clear, these enhancements are based on what our youth have told us that they need."

Ashley Frerichs, Youth Advisory Council and former youth in care –

"The Agreements with Young Adults program saved me. And now, with the AYA expansion, I’m able to complete my degree in child and youth care, with a child protection specialization, without having to manage a full-time job on top of a full course load. Now I can focus on getting the most out of my education and plan for my future, without additional stress."

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Quick Facts:

  • More than 2,000 young adults have benefited from AYA since the program was established in 2008.
  • On average, a young adult on an AYA receives approximately $1,000 per month, with additional support available for MSP, as well as extended health benefits including dental and optical.
  • Last year, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Adoptive Families Association of BC and the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks launched AgedOut.com, to help youth in care with their transition to adulthood.
  • Now, more than 10,000 users have accessed the site and, in June 2016, government invested an additional $200,000 to expand its reach.
  • Government supports the YWCA’s Strive program, which offers under-employed former youth in care between the ages of 17 and 24 hands-on guidance in life skills like financial literacy, time management, decision-making and problem solving.
  • The Youth Educational Assistance Fund (YEAF) supports post-secondary education and training for former youth in care through bursaries of $5,500 per educational year, up to a maximum of four times, to assist with tuition, books and fees.
  • The Province supported the establishment of a youth and young adult mentorship program to be delivered through Covenant House Vancouver.
  • Eleven B.C. post-secondary institutions now offer tuition waivers or bursaries to former youth in care. Bursary or waiver recipients may also be eligible for the Vancouver Foundation’s Youth Futures Education Fund, which helps cover expenses beyond tuition.
  • The Education Achievement Bursary – offered through the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks – also can help with tuition and registration fees for youth in care.


Learn More:

To find out more about supports for current and former youth in care in B.C. see: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/children-and-family-development/factsheets

Agreements with Young Adults: www.gov.bc.ca/agreementswithyoungadults

AgedOut.com helps youth in care prepare for adulthood: www.gov.bc.ca/agedout or https://agedout.com/

MCFD youth programs and services: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/fostering/child-teens-in-care

Covenant House Vancouver: www.covenanthousebc.org

Youth Futures Education Fund: www.vancouverfoundation.ca/YouthFutures

Foster Family Appreciation October 2016

Posted in News on 04 Oct 16

Foster Family Appreciation
October 2016

The Board and staff members of Foster Parent Support Services Society would like to express our deep gratitude and admiration to Vancouver Island foster parents. Day after day, week after week, year after year, you amaze us with the time, compassion, and expertise you bring to the world of caregiving. We celebrate your successes and stand by you during the challenges. Know that even on the darkest days, you are making a difference in the lives of the children in your care. Hold fast to the assurance that the love, patience, and support you give is healing hearts and restoring faith. Thank you for loving every child, when it's easy, and when it isn't. You're there for the children, we're here for you.

We also recognize the contribution of biological and adopted children of foster parents who welcome children in care into their families. They share their home, their parents, and their belongings with these temporary brothers and sisters.

Here are a few things to add to your To-Do List

  • Take part in the celebration events happening in your area.
  • Let people thank you in the best way they can. This may be in the form of words, flowers, or simply helping with the dishes.
  • Take a moment just for you.
  • Thank a fellow foster parent for the work he or she does.
  • Take a moment to remember the ones who have come and gone and a special moment you shared. Rest assured, they remember too.
  • Remember that you make the world a better place.
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    Free Western Speedway Tickets

    Posted in News on 13 Sep 16

    Western Speedway has generously donated tickets for this Saturday, September 17th.

    Children 6 and under are free.

    Champions will be crowned on this final night of the Season for Wilroc non-wing Sprint Cars, Stock Cars, Mini Stocks, Old Timer’s Racing Association, & Dwarf Cars. Back gate opens at 2:00 PM, practice starts at 4:30. Grandstands open at 4:30, Qualifying 5:30, Fan Fest 6:00(Time permitting) and Racing at 6:30.

    Tickets can be picked up at our office Monday to Thursday, 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Thursday, and 8:00am to 12:00 noon on Friday.

    For more information on Western Speedway, please go to their website at http://www.westernspeedway.net/

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    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.

    Contact

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