More foster families needed

By Angela Brown
March 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

More loving families in the North Battleford and Meadow Lake area are needed to become foster parents to help children going through a difficult time in their lives.

Saskatchewan Foster Families Association is reaching out with its campaign, Foster New Beginnings, to put the word out so more families will open their homes and hearts to help children in need. 

Executive director Deb Davies stressed in the local area, as well as throughout the province and across Canada there is an increased need for more foster parents.

Davies said she has been a foster parent herself for 28 years and knows the joys it offers. 

"It was one of the most rewarding opportunities that I had — seeing the kids grow, working with their families. I am now very rich because I have such a large extended family with all the kids that I have worked with and their families. They are raising their own families now and they stay connected."

Davies said people who "are understanding and can understand the different needs of children and their families," often make the best foster parents. 

"We do accept applications from all types of families," she added.

The agency is looking for all individuals interested in becoming foster parents and is able to provide them with all the information they need for their new roles.

Saskatchewan Foster Families provides support throughout the province.

To help with the expenses of being a foster parent, Davies said funds are available through the Ministry of Social Services.  

"What we like to say is we have families supporting families," Davies said. "We just want to make sure we are able to respond to the need, to have homes in place if families do require our assistance. When children do require a home that there is a home that will be available."  

Interested families can contact Saskatchewan Foster Families Association at 1-800-667-7002, or visit the organization's website for more information. After approval, foster families will go through a training process to prepare for their new family member.

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