Cel­e­brat­ing Foster Fam­i­lies

‘The re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion of foster homes is an on­go­ing chal­lenge in all prov­inces and ter­ri­to­ries’

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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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