The FPSS Foster Parent Support Services Society is a CARF Accredited, non-profit grassroots organization whose purpose is to administer support and education services to family care network caregivers within the Vancouver Island Region.
All caregivers in the Vancouver Island Region holding a Family Care Home agreement with the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development have the right to access any and all of the services provided by this organization.
Working cooperatively with the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Foster Parents, the FPSS Society shares the responsibility for providing meaningful Education, Support and Networking opportunities to Foster Parents in our fostering community.
We work to establish a nurturing environment for caregivers – “A Supportive Culture” – that empowers the foster parents of the region to become involved, and increases their caregiver competency, awareness and accountability.
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.
Regional Office Area (Greater Victoria): We would like to acknowledge and thank the Lkwungen people known as Songhees and Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) ancestors and families who graciously allow us to live, work and play on their traditional and ancestral territories.
We honour our relationships with our Indigenous neighbors including MALAXEt (Malahat), T’Sou-ke (Sooke), Scia’new (Beecher Bay) and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) Nations.
Island wide acknowledgement: We would like to acknowledge and thank the Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestors and families who graciously allow us to live, work and play on their traditional, and ancestral territories. We honour our relationships with all Indigenous people.
Vancouver Island Map of First Nations: https://viea.ca/business-living-on-vancouver-island/first-nations/
British Columbia First Nations A-Z Listing: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/consulting-with-first-nations/first-nations-negotiations/first-nations-a-z-listing
Area events calendars can be used interactively online; when the links are clicked you will be directed to a pop-up where you can view the full details of the event and download the information to your Google, Outlook, Yahoo! and mobile device calendars. If any event information is changed it will be updated on the website in the calendar and digital newsletter, so be sure to check back. If you are registered for an event you will also be contacted and informed of the change via telephone or email. These calendars are a new way to try and make ensure you can easily access event information for your area.
If you have any feedback, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com or 1-888-922-8437.
Disclaimer: Dates, times and locations may change or events may be cancelled due to low registrations, hazardous weather conditions, coordinator or facilitator illness, injury, or power outages. In these situations, we will do our best to inform you of the changes. However, if you are not registered, you cannot be informed of the changes.
Our newsletter is published five times a year and contains valuable information for foster parents including area events, information from our Local Area Coordinators, Ministry of Children and Family updates and more!
Coordinators provide support services to foster parents through the organization, scheduling and facilitation of Peer Support Groups; offering foster parents an avenue for personal, individual support and much more!
In December 2019, BCFCE was replaced by the NEW mandatory foster parent training program, PRIDE In-Service. The program is developed, managed, and delivered by MCFD and all registrations will go through your Resource Worker.
Foster Parent Support Services Society has a Peer Mentor Program for Foster Parents. If you are an experienced Foster Parent and wish to contribute to the quality of fostering practice, then this program may be for you.
FPSS Society publishes a Relief and Respite List in each issue of The Island Connection newsletter.
Relief and Respite Caregivers listed are Ministry-approved Family Care Homes.
The FPSS Society works cooperatively with Ministry staff and community members to develop and innovate strategies in which to attract and recruit prospective family caregivers and/or adoptive families.
The Investigation and Resolution Support Program provides support to foster parents who are going through the Investigation process or engaged in a serious disagreement with Ministry staff.
The Safe Babies Program was developed to support the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development caregivers in the challenging task of providing safe, nurturing care for substance-exposed infants.
A Life Book is an informal record of the people and events in the child’s life while they are in care.
Life Books give children a sense of personal history and continuity.
The FPSS Society provides support to foster parents through the development and implementation of on-going training opportunities to enable them to further their skills and knowledge development, network with colleagues and peers.