Foster families in B.C. give needed care, safety and stability to children and teens who are unable to live with their own families.
All foster parents or caregivers share the desire to care for children going through a difficult time. Kids don't need perfect foster caregivers. They just need adults who can provide a home with a healthy environment where they’re shown dignity and respect – this helps them become responsible adults.
You may be dealing with a lot of different feelings because you need to live with another family for a while. Please know that every effort is being made to:
- Keep you safe
- Help you stay connected with your family
- Help you return to your family home or another permanent home as soon as possible
Foster parents or caregivers are a valued member of a care team that works together with the primary goal of helping each child or teen return home to their family.
Children in need of care range in age from babies to teens (under 19 years old), and come from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. Many are in care with their brothers and sisters – every effort is made to keep them in foster homes together.
As part of recognizing the invaluable contribution foster caregivers make, a free program is available designed to meet their unique needs and offer focused skills training.
Foster families receive a monthly maintenance payment that covers the costs of caring for a child. Foster caregivers are not expected to give up their employment in order to care for children. Providing foster care is not a job – families choose to foster because of a concern for children and desire to contribute to their community.
When a child or teen is unable to live with their parents, it’s best if they can live with someone they know like:
- A family member – a grandparent, aunt or uncle or an older sibling
- Someone who has an established relationship or cultural connection to the child and their family