Support for Foster Parents
Ongoing Training and Support Groups
As a foster parent, you will be assigned a Resource Worker who will help to guide and support you during your fostering experience. You are encouraged to attend regular training sessions and support groups in order to meet other foster parents, receive support and learn new things. Topics for training can include the latest in baby care (including car seat installations), caring for children who have experienced trauma, how to encourage attachment, how to work with the school system (communicating with schools, individual educations plans) and more!
Our regular support groups may have a planned topic for discussion or the floor may be open to discuss whatever the group feels is necessary. This is a great way to socialize with other foster parents, chat with resource workers and feel connected to the fostering community, so don't be shy. Please come and meet with us! You'll be glad you did.
Foster Family Association (FFA)
All foster parents share membership in FFA and can select a board to represent their interests. The FFA board works closely with Family & Children’s Services to provide a liaison between all foster parents and the agency, promote fellowship among foster parents, and participates in fundraising and the planning of special events.
Foster Family Liaison and Information Program (FFLIP)
FFLIP is a program run by foster parents for foster parents. They provide support, information and assistance for specific issues that foster parents might be worried about. A FFLIP representative is available 24/7 on a confidential phone line.
Foster Parent Mentor Program
By matching an experienced foster parent with a new one, this mentoring program provides emotional support, encouragement and guidance for new foster parents as they adapt to their new role.
Foster Parents are provided a Per Diem to help with the day to day costs of parenting a child. Base rates range from $44-$50 a day depending on the age of the child/youth. Other supports provided include clothing allowances, birthday allowances and holiday allowances. Some expenses are also eligible for reimbursement such as school pictures, class trips over $30, High school fees such as registration, year books, High School uniforms and parking expenses for medical visits. School drives are also eligible for mileage reimbursement, as well as other specific kinds of driving over a certain distance. Foster parents may also be eligible for compensation for attending training, which is paid out according to how many hours the training lasts.
Extended Health Care Coverage for Foster Children
Family and Children’s Services provides extended health care coverage (Greenshield) for all children in foster care. Foster parents will receive a Greenshield card for each child in their care.
Employee and Family Assistance Program
Foster Parents will also be enrolled in our EFAP program. This program includes the following:
1. Confidential and voluntary support service for foster parents and their families.
2. Fees are 100% covered by Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region.
Speak to a worker for more details