Courtney & Jason Video: https://vimeo.com/466614886
As I reflect back on the past week where we have celebrated our foster families and their different stories, achievements and inspiring moments, I think of the word relationships. The relationships between staff and foster parents, between foster parents and the children in their care, between foster parents and the families of the children in their care. I even think of the relationships between our foster parents and the ways they support each other.
Our staff here at Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region see foster parents as our colleagues. We are all part of the same team, each with our own roles. Our staff work hard, but foster parents do something really impressive: they open up their families and homes to the children and youth who need them the most.
Foster families are really experts in caring and building relationships between themselves and the children they care for. This relationship building often includes the biological families for these children and youth as well as the workers and others involved in the lives of those they care for.
It is because of foster parents’ special gift of skilled and loving care that healing journeys are allowed to take place in our service user’s lives that often results in family reunification and intergenerational healing.
Those who foster are truly special, it is why I am not surprised to hear Courtney and Jason mention how great it has been to connect and become friends with fellow foster families. It is a real privilege that we have as an agency to get to work with them. I want all of them to know how much we appreciate what they do, during this week and every day of the year. We simply could not do what we do without them.
Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region