Foster care is opening your heart and home to children who need a family to care for them. The type of care required depends on the needs of the child and the ability of the caregiver. When a child is separated from their natural family, the foster family must attempt to fulfill the needs of their “child” through acceptance, understanding and love. Whenever possible, the goal of the agency is to reunite the foster child with his or her natural family.
The ability to love unconditionally, accept without prejudice and understand without judgment, are all part of the foster family experience.
WHO CAN BECOME A FOSTER FAMILY?
Foster families may be single persons or couples, with or without children. The qualities important in fostering are that families have room in their lives for children or more children and the ability to provide a stable home life, guidance, love and security.
WHY BECOME A FOSTER FAMILY?
Foster care gives your family a chance to help others. It may also strengthen a community by allowing it to care for its own.
WHO ARE FOSTER CHILDREN?
Foster children range in age from newborn to 17 years old. Most are experiencing difficulty in their home lives and require an alternate home. Some have experienced neglect, abandonment, physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Some may have special needs because of a disability and require more care and attention than their family can provide. Regardless of the situation, most are hurt, confused and in need of encouragement and support to overcome the traumatic experience of separation.
HOW LONG WILL FOSTER CHILDREN STAY?
Some children may need emergency care and may stay overnight or a few days. Other children may need short-term placement for a few weeks while others may need long term or permanent placement. Foster families have to be prepared to give their foster children a lot of time, care and attention, but still be ready to “let go” when the time comes. This is very difficult to do, and is one of the reasons why fostering requires very special people.
DO FOSTER FAMILIES RECEIVE HELP?
Foster parents receive a daily allowance to assist them in purchasing food and clothing for the child. This amount is paid monthly and is based on the need and age of the child. If the child is of registered treaty status, to Peguis First Nation, medical, dental and education costs are generally, covered through the Band. In addition, Peguis Child and Family Services will provide training and support through workshops and home visits to foster families.
HOW DO YOU APPLY TO BECOME A FOSTER FAMILY?
If you think you have the special qualities and time to become a foster family, contact Peguis Child and Family Services. The foster home worker will assist you with your application. The application involves a home visit and an interview. The process also requires completion of a criminal record check and a child abuse registry check of all residents over the age of 18 years old. All of this information is compiled into a home study that helps the worker to determine the number of children, the length of stay and the needs of the child you can successfully work with.
FOSTER CARE IS A TEAM EFFORT
The child that is placed in your home will receive support through his or her child and family services worker. It is particularly important to work closely with the child’s worker. Together, you will be able to identify problems the child is experiencing and work out the best solutions. You will be assisting the worker in making decisions and plans on behalf of the child. Should foster families need support, the foster home worker is available.
WHERE DO I APPLY TO BECOME A FOSTER FAMILY?
Foster Home Worker, Box 610 Peguis, Manitoba R0C 3J0
Phone: (204) 645-2101/2049
Fax: (204) 645-2558
Toll Free: 1-877-777-2049
Foster Home Worker, Unit 6 – 350 Keewatin, Street Winnipeg, Manitoba R2X 2R9
Phone: (204) 632-5404
Fax: (204) 632-7226
Toll Free: 1-877-632-5404