The BC Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) has developed a standardized education program designed to build on the skills and experience caregivers bring to their role, as well as knowledge to support their ongoing training and development. The BC Foster Care Education Program is intended for approved foster parents who have a family care home agreement with MCFD or a Delegated Aboriginal agency. The BC Foster Care Education Program is free of charge and consists of a total of 53 hours of training presented in 14 modules.
Who is required to take BCFCE?
The director advises the caregiver that it is mandatory for all ministry or delegated Aboriginal agency caregivers who sign a family care home agreement or contract to complete the approved ministry caregiver education program within two years from the date of his or her approval. The director refers the caregiver to the regional foster parent support service that provides the mandatory education.
Child and Family Development Service Standards
Caregiver Support Services Standards
Standard 7: Caregiver Continuing Leaning and Education
Why should foster parents attend BCFCE?
The BCFCE introduces participants to topics that are particularly relevant to the foster care experience. Modules focus on include but are not limited to: Communication Skills and Self Awareness; The Effects of Caregiving; The Child’s Family; Observing, Recording, and Reporting; Attachment, Separation, and Loss; When Children Experience Abuse and Neglect; Cultural Responsiveness; Aboriginal Children in Care; Substance Misuse; FASD, and Suicide Awareness.
How can foster parents register for BCFCE?
Foster parents wishing to register for classes in any of these areas can do so by contacting the Regional Office at 1-888-922-8437 or firstname.lastname@example.org. FPSS maintains a database of which modules foster parents have attended through the organization and issues a certificate of completion when all requirements have been met.
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Contact the FPSS Regional Office at