What is a Caregiver/Foster Parent?
Caregivers provide a safe and secure home for children who, for one reason or another, cannot live with thier families. Caregiver families receive financial support to assist in the provision of quality care to children and youth. The goal of caregiving is for children to return home when thier parents are able to care for them.
Why do we need ABORIGINAL Caregivers?
There are many Aboriginal children in care. They are not only separated from their families, but many times are also separated from their community. In ideal situations, we would like to place them in Aboriginal homes, preferably people from the same nation or family members. Keeping the children in a familiar environment often makes their transition easier.
Who can provide care for Aboriginal children?
To become a caregiver you must be over the age of 19 and have the maturity to provide care and quidance to children and youth. Single people, couples, and families – with or without children can become caregivers. Your financial situation should not prevent you from applying. You do not need to own home, but you should have additional rooms availale to respect the privacy of the children and youth that will be staying with you.
Can I choose who I provide care to?
Yes. When you apply to become a caregiver you can specify age, special needs and gender preference. We will ask you about your skills and will also take great care in making sure the child is suitable for your family. If a child comes into your home who makes you or your family feel uncomfortable, or surpasses your skill level, notify your social worker. They will make alternative arrangements.
TO BECOME A CAREGIVER
STEP ONE: You can speak to either a social worker or a resource worker – and ask questions. If you feel this is right for you, you can start the application process.
Application Form – this form will include a criminal records check that looks at ensuring a safe home for children.
Please note: if you have a prior criminal record, do not be discouraged from applying to become a caregiver. This can be discussed and decided on a individual basis.
Medical Assessment – You will need a medical assessment to completed by your doctor to verify that you are healthy.
Reference: You will be asked to provide three references one of whom is a relative. Forms will be provided for the references.
STEP TWO: Caregiving Orientation Course – Caregivers training will be provided to help prepare you for the challenges of caregiving.
STEP THREE: Home Study – Your Resource or Social Worker will visit you in your home to discuss your personal history, family interests, lifestyle, child care experiene and the type of child you feel can best be helped in your home.
STEP FOUR: Family Care Home Agreement – Once the approval process is complete, you will be asked to sign an agreement that outlines your obligations and those of the Agency. The length of time you wait for a child depends on the age and type of the child you want to provide care to and the needs of the community.
Caregiving is a temporary arrangment. Our goal is to return the child to their family when the necessary physical, mental, social and spirtitual supports have been established.
Printable forms for Prospective Caregivers
Foster Caregiver Application
To become a caregiver, ask to speak to a resource worker at 250-314-9669
(Main Office: 300 Chilcotin Road)