Celebrating Foster Families
‘The recruitment and retention of foster homes is an ongoing challenge in all provinces and territories’
For one week in October of each year Canada recognizes foster families for their dedication and commitment to children in care and their families. There are approximately 35,000 foster families caring for more than 80,000 children and youth in care across Canada.
Diane Molloy, executive director Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association says these families come from all walks of life and their primary motivation is an interest in making a positive difference in the lives of young people who cannot live with their birth parents.
Molloy says: “Foster Families provide love and care for children on a temporary basis until they can go back home. Caring for the child includes supporting the child through ups and downs. It involves providing for the child’s needs; taking the child to appointments and encouraging and supporting contact with their biological parents and/or siblings. It means understanding that a child will be upset about having to leave their biological family and helping the child cope with their feelings by trying to maintain some normalcy in their regular daily routines, friends, and activities.”
The association spokeswoman says: “Foster families work together as part of a team, with social workers, the biological family, and the child towards the goal of family reunification. Even when children go back home, foster families often stay in contact with the children and their families, making connections and developing relationships intended to last a lifetime.
“The recruitment and retention of foster homes is an ongoing challenge in all provinces and territories,” the executive director concludes.
If you would like more information about becoming a foster family you can call your local child, youth and family services or the Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association at 754-0213,877-754-0218 (toll free) or email
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