Foster Care Services

Foster families provide homes for children whose own families are going through difficulties and cannot look after them.

Anyone can apply to become a foster parent as long as they submit to a criminal record check, pass a medical exam and provide 3 references.

A thorough home study is then conducted by Ministry staff and all family members are interviewed including any children.

Once a family is approved to provide foster care, the Ministry and family enter into an agreement outlining the terms and conditions of the care to be provided.

For contact information, see separate listings in this directory for West Kootenay Foster Care Services or Boundary Foster Care Services.

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Ministry of Children and Family Development


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Other Programs from This Organization

Child and Family Services Child and Family Services include: Child Protection and Family Development Adoption Foster Care Early Childhood Development and Child Care Child and Youth Mental Health Youth Justice and Youth Services Children and Youth with Developmental Delays and Disabilities.
Child Protection Services Any concerns about the safety and wellbeing of children must be reported to a District office (Open 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday) or to the 24 hour, 7 day a week Help Line for Children: 310-1234 which is answered directly by a social worker.
Foster Parent After Hours Support Line: 1-888-495-4440 Toll-free line provides specialized support and assistance to foster parents outside of regular office hours.
Helpline for Children Anyone can call.
MCFD Youth Justice Services Provides court ordered youth probation and youth custody services to youth aged 12 to 17 including: Supervision and case management of youth who are subject to a bail or probation order; Preparation of reports for Court and Crown Counsel; Community-based residential and non-residential programs; Custody of youth awaiting trial or serving a custody disposition.
Services for Children and Youth with Special Needs The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) works in partnership with the Ministries of Health and Education, and regional and community agencies throughout the province, to plan and coordinate accessible high-quality intervention and support services for children and youth with special needs and their families through an integrated service delivery approach. Children and youth with special needs include those with: Autism Spectrum Disorder Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Hearing / Vision Loss Severe Disabilities and Complex Health Needs Programs include Early Childhood InterventionFamily SupportRehabilitation TherapiesTransition Planning

This program was last updated on 27 Jun 2007.