Purpose of the Program:
The purpose of the Protocol Support Program is to provide support to foster parents who are going through the Protocol Process or engaged in a serious disagreement with Ministry staff.
Who are Protocol Support Workers?
Protocol Support Workers are experienced foster parents who have been approved and had special training and knowledge about the process foster parents become involved with when an allegation is made against them or they are in a dispute with the Ministry. They can provide information or answer questions; they can attend interviews, take notes if requested and ensure that the foster parent requesting their assistance does not go through this process alone.
Protocol Support Workers are:
Available to listen to your concerns and provide you with information and or suggestions.
Familiar with foster care policies, all kinds of investigations and the procedures used. Committed to helping you work with Ministry staff by providing support, clarifying issues, and ensuring that you get the information you need within the timeframes.
Recognized as credible liaisons between foster parents and social workers. Sworn to protect your privacy.
What are the types of issues that Protocol Support Workers may help with?
Protocol Support Workers may be able to assist you in 3 areas:
When an allegation is made that a child in your care may be abused or neglected.
When there is a concern about the quality of care a child in your care may be receiving.
When you are having a disagreement with Ministry staff and need support in resolving it.
What else can a Protocol Support Worker do?
Help you understand what will happen
Help ensure the investigation or review is fair and conducted with as little disruption to your family as possible
Help you present the facts and your situation in an investigation
Provide support to you without judging you
Help keep lines of communication open between you, the social workers, the investigators and other interested parties
Tell you about your choices, help that is available, your rights, including the right to appeal
Support you and your family emotionally
Work through the process with you to help ensure that foster children continue to be placed in your home if the allegation is unfounded or overturned on appeal.
Who do you call?
Because these issues are usually stressful and can have a devastating effect on foster parents, do not allow the situation to reach a point of crisis.
Call for a Protocol Support Worker as soon as possible.
They are available in different parts of Vancouver Island.
All you have to do is call Foster Parent Support Services Society at: 1-888-922-8437
Support Worker Contact Information
Your FPSS Society Coordinator can arrange for a support person to help you through a Protocol Investigation.
The support person can answer your questions, attend any interviews with you, and give you information about the investigation.
PROTOCOL SUPPORT TEAM SUPPORT WORKER & ADVOCACY PROGRAM