YouthSpeak SCM

The Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks

The Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks is hosting an event called YouthSpeak SCM for any youth in or from care aged 14 – 24 from across BC. Youth will be participating in fun activities and workshops through-out the weekend to get ready for our meeting on Monday with up to 40 decision makers and community leaders. On Monday youth, decision makers and community leaders will work together to come up with concrete action items to improve the system for youth in care across BC. This weekend will be planned and run by a group of youth leaders in partnership with Staff and expert facilitators.

When: Saturday June 4th at 3pm until Monday June 6th at 4pm
Where: Sandman Hotel City Centre, downtown Vancouver (next to Stadium Sky train)
Cost: Free for all young people 14 – 24. Food, hotel room, activities and travel all covered! If you are still in care we do ask that your worker try to find some funding to help cover costs. If your worker is unable to cover the costs they can apply for subsidy
Who: On Saturday and Sunday we hope to have around 30 young people from across BC aged 14 – 24 attend with some adult supports and Fed staff. On Monday we are inviting 40 decision makers and leaders from across BC to join us.

If you are interested in applying to attend please fill out the attached form and fax it back to us, drop it off at our office, e-mail, or mail it to the below info:

Chris Buchner
YIC Program Manager
Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks
Toll Free: 1-800-565-8055
Phone: (604) 527-7762 ext 113
Fax: (604) 527-7764
Cell: (604) 353-3521

625 Agnes Street
Suite 500
New Westminster, BC
V3M 5Y4

If you aren’t able to send it in to us, no worries! Simply call our office at 604-527-7762 and speak to myself or any of the staff and we can fill out the form with you over the phone.

Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to visit our website at to find out more about our youth driven organization. You can also join our facebook group at to keep in the know about what’s going on for youth in and from care. Hope to see you in June!

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Karyn Sue Brand Purvis 1949 – 2016

Dr. Karyn Purvis

Dr. Karyn Purvis

It is with great sadness to learn of the passing of Dr. Karyn Purvis.
She was an amazing teacher and healer.
She will be missed by many.
I have attached a link to her obituary which has more information.

Happy National Volunteer Week 2016

Volunteer Week (April 10 to April 16, 2016)
Volunteers are the roots of strong communities

Definition: Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain -
Volunteering Australia

Foster Parent Support Services Society would like to thank and recognize all those who have willingly given to the Vancouver Island Fostering Community. These generous people who go the extra mile to help strengthen this community includes but is not limited to; Foster Parents and their families, Social Workers, Community Partners, and previous Youth in Care etc.

Some ways people volunteer and give back to the Fostering Community:
• Supporting Foster Family Events (fundraising, planning, set-up)
• Fundraising for Local Foster Parent groups
• Facilitating and organizing workshops
• Supporting Foster Families
• Supporting previous Youth in Care
• Providing Protocol support
• Mentoring Foster Parents
• Helping a Child/Youth in Care
• Lending a listening ear to another Foster Parent
• Planning and helping out at events
If you would like to volunteer in your community, please call FPSS Society at
1-888-922-8437 and we will find a way to let you share your time and talents.

Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to thrive, volunteers are essential for communities to thrive. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. Even the tiniest volunteer effort leaves a profound and lasting trace in a community, much like tree rings that appear over time.

April 10 to April 16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week (NVW), a time to celebrate and thank Canada's 12.7 million volunteers.

Thank you,

Board and Staff at Foster Parent Support Services Society




Last Chance to Win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 4!

This is your last chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 4! By completing our satisfaction survey you will be entered to win a Family Friendly Samsung Galaxy Tablet 4.

Complete the survey and enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 4

Take this survey

Your feedback is very helpful to us in the identification of which services are most useful and meaningful to you as foster parents.

*Please note the survey and contest is open to all current Vancouver Island Foster Parents only

Deadline for online and email entries: 12:00noon Friday, April 8th, 2015


Updated: A Guide to Scholarships, Bursaries, Tuition Waivers and Awards!

A Guide to Scholarships, Bursaries, Tuition Waivers and Awards!

***Updated as of February 2016

Tuition Guide

Tuition Guide Cover 

Page 5.......... Youth Education Assistance Fund (YEAF)
Page 5.......... Agreements with Young Adults (AYA)
Page 6........... Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Post-Secondary Students Support Program (PSSSP)
Page 7.......... Adoptive Families Association of BC
Page 7.......... BC Federation of Foster Parent Association Bursaries
Page 8 ......... BC Federation of Foster Parent Association Bursaries
Page 8.......... BCIT Youth in Care Skilled Trades Tuition Waiver
Page 9.......... Camosun College WCG Former Youth in Care Bursary
Page 9.......... Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards
Page 10 ........ Federation of Community Social Services of BC Youth Education Bursary 
Page 10.......... Federation of Youth in Care Networks of BC Dream Fund
Page 11 ......... Federation of Youth in Care Networks of BC Dream Fund Continued 
Page 11.......... Howard Legacy Youth Fund
Page 12 ......... Howard Legacy Youth Fund, Continued 
Page 12 ......... Justice Institute Of British Columbia Youth in Care Tuition Bursary
Page 13........ Ken Dryden Scholarship
Page 13....... Kwantlen Polytechnic Support Program for Former Youth in Care
Page 13........ Langara College Youth in Care Bursary
Page 14 ....... Langara College Youth in Care Bursary, Continued 
Page 14........ Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Tuition Waiver
Page 15 ....... Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Tuition Waiver, Continued 
Page 15........ Public Guardian and Trustee Education Assistance Fund
Page 16 ....... Public Guardian and Trustee Education Assistance Fund, Continued 
Page 17........ RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program
Page 18........ Royal Roads University Former Youth in Care Bursary
Page 19 ....... Simon Fraser University Youth in Care Tuition Assistance Program
Page 20........ University of British Columbia Tuition Waivers for Former Youth in Care
Page 21........ University of Northern British Columbia
Page 21........ University of Victoria Youth in Care Tuition Award
Page 21........ Vancouver Island University Youth in Care Tuition Waiver
Page 22........ Vancouver Island University Youth in Care Tuition Waiver,  Continued 
Page 22........ Bursary Chart
Page 23........ Public Post-Secondary Education in British Columbia



BCFFPA’s Fosterline Spring 2016 Newsletter

Please see BCFFPA’s Fosterline Spring 2016 Newsletter.
Exciting information inside about available bursaries you won’t want to miss!

Click on link below to open.

Fosterline BC - Spring Edition - 2016

FosterlineBC-Spring-2016 Cover

BC Child & Youth in Care Week 2016

 BC Child and Youth In Care Week 2016

Stand with children and youth in care and celebrating BC Child and Youth in Care Week

Saturday, June 4 to Sunday, June 12, 2016

Now in its sixth year, BCCYICW celebrates and acknowledges the resiliency, diversity, talents and accomplishments of young people in and from government care and their challenging journey. BCCYICW is a joint partnership between the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks, Adoptive Families Association, Vancouver Foundation, the Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents, the BC Federation of Foster Parent Associations, the Public Guardian and Trustee, the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and Metis Nation BC.

An array of local events, festivities and initiatives that will be held around the province so stay tuned to find one nearest you by visiting the events page at

The BC Child and Youth in Care Awards recognize the amazing achievements of children and youth in and from care from across the province.

Many of our MCFD and DAA staff have special relationships with children and youth in care – or formerly in care -- and their families and care providers.  If you know an amazing young person between the ages of 6 and 24 you’d like to nominate, please send in your nomination  by April 15, 2016.

BC Child and Youth in Care Week Nomination Package

For more information, please contact Sheri Brown

Social Worker Appreciation Week 2016

Social Worker Week
March 13 to March 19

"I welcome you to a community of people who have decided that easy will no longer suffice." - Mark Rippetoe

In March of each year, social workers throughout the country celebrate National Social Work Month (NSWM) in recognition of the contributions of social workers to society. The theme adopted by the CASW Board for the 2016 National Social Work Month celebrations is Social Work: Profession of Choice.

Social work is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being... Human rights and social justice are the philosophical underpinnings of social work practice. The uniqueness of social work practice is in the blend of some particular values, knowledge and skills, including the use of relationship as the basis of all interventions and respect for the client's choice and involvement.

The Board and Staff of FPSS Society, along with all Vancouver Island caregivers celebrate the social workers who give their time, their expertise, and their hearts to improve the lives of children in care. Thank you for providing the resources, support, and information that allow foster parents to create safe homes and knowledgeable care to vulnerable children.

"You were born with the ability to change someone's life. Don't ever waste that."

Thank you,

Board & Staff of Foster Parent Support Services Society

VISTA Scholarship Opportunity for 2016-2017

Vista Scholarship

Over 50,000 child safety seats recalled

More than 50,000 children's car seats have been recalled because of a harness safety problem.


Car seat company Evenflo has announced the recall of the Transitions 3-in-1 car seat because the design allows a child enough access loosen their own harness. The company says without a snug harness restraining the child, the potential for injury increases.

"Through our regular review of consumer feedback on our products, we have identified a potential safety concern with our Transitions 3-in-1 Combination Booster Seat that we want to share with you," Evenflo wrote in an announcement on its website.

For most information on this article please see link below.

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
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