Important Documents for Foster Parents Going Through a Review, Investigation or Dispute Resolution
ARE YOU GOING THROUGH A REVIEW, INVESTIGATION OR DISPUTE RESOLUTION?
CALL INVESTIGATION AND RESOLUTION SUPPORT PROGRAM TEAM COORDINATOR, JANET CHRISTIE TOLL FREE AT 1-888-922-8437.
Why Do You Need a Investigation and Resolution Support Person?
What is Investigation and Resolution Support Support?
Purpose of the Program:
The purpose of the Investigation and Resolution Support program is to provide support to foster parents who are going through the Investigation and Resolution Process or engaged in a serious disagreement with Ministry staff.
Who are Investigation and Resolution Support Workers?
Investigation and Resolution 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.
Investigation and Resolution 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 time frames.
Recognized as credible liaisons between foster parents and social workers. Sworn to protect your privacy.
What are the types of issues that Investigation and Resolution Support Workers may help with?
Investigation and Resolution 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 Investigation and Resolution 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 Investigation and Resolution 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 an investigation.
The support person can answer your questions, attend any interviews with you, and give you information about the investigation.
INVESTIGATION AND RESOLUTION SUPPORT TEAM SUPPORT WORKER & ADVOCACY PROGRAM