DURHAM FOSTER PARENT ASSOCIATION
Working Together to Make a Difference.

The Foster Parent Association's goal is to make a difference in the lives of children and their families. We work together as partners to improve methods that affect our children in care. With patience, kindness, knowledge, guidance and an understanding we will make a difference. We know that it is not easy to care for someone else’s child and, that it will be extremely difficult for the child in care. It takes an amount of energy, skill, respect, perseverance and love. Being a foster parent is an honorable and rewarding experience that will last a lifetime for your family and the children you care for. Together as a group of caring partners we share ideas, skills, knowledge and education.

All children will face challenges  and regrettably, face disappointments at one time or another. When family creates an unhealthy environment for a child, removal from the home becomes necessary. Foster families provide safe, caring environments for children who are unable to remain in their home. The objective of foster care is to provide the child with a family environment to facilitate child development. Foster care strives to create an environment which promotes positive relationships between the caregiver, the child and the child’s family. When a child is entering foster care, kinship or adoption, they come with a tremendous amount of loss. Losses that include birth parents, extended family, home, pets, schools, friends, personal belongings, and in some cases culture. We are a diverse society and culture, language, religion, and values must be respected and safeguarded.

The ideal plan is to reunite children with their family. Many families can get the help they need and reunite with their children. When a reunion is not possible, the plan may include adoption, kinship care or long-term foster care. Foster Parents work by helping children deal with this grief and trauma. Foster Parents are committed to giving the children the dignity they deserve. Children need to express their feelings freely and we recognize that children’s fears, sadness and anger can have long-lasting effects on their lives. With perseverance, validation and empowerment, many children will have the ability to face challenges and to endure them with courage.

Children have been and continue to be the most oppressed, exploited and victimized group of human beings on the planet. Children remain the most voiceless and the most discriminated against group of people in all societies. While every adult group has fought for and won basic human rights protections and freedom, children remain the only group of human beings without the same rights to equality, respect, protection from bodily harm and freedom of speech. It is unthinkable and unjust that we have stopped short  of fully including children when we fight so hard to establish basic human rights protections for all people. We need to be voices for children and  fight for children's voices to be heard. We need to advocate for kids' sake. Children need to know their rights and their rights need to be respected! It is always our goal to keep our foster children's best interest at the forefront at all times.

 

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YOUTH LEAVING CARE UPDATE 

Ontario Child Benefit Equivalent (OCBe)

In 2008, the government of Ontario introduced a provincial wide initiative to assist children in the care of Children’s Aid Societies to become more successful by providing funds, which are the equivalent to what low income families with children, would receive by way of the Ontario Child Benefit. The initiative is a fund based program that is designed to support the following short, medium and long-term outcomes: Higher Educational Achievement; Higher degree of Resiliency; and Smoother Transition to Adulthood.

 Living and Learning Grant

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) in partnership with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), has established the Living and Learning Grant (LLG) which will provide $500 a month (to a maximum of $6,000) during the school year to youth ages 21 to 24 (inclusive) who are enrolled in OSAP eligible programs and were formerly in receipt of, or eligible to receive Continued Care and Support for Youth (CCSY). In addition to the LLG, MTCU provides additional supports to youth transitioning from care who are enrolled in post-secondary education and training including the Ontario Access Grants for Crown Wards and the 100% Tuition Aid for Youth Leaving Care Program.

 Continued Care and Support for Youth

(CCSY) Policy Directive On May 15, 2013, the new CCSY policy directive came into effect replacing the Extended Care and Maintenance (ECM) Program. Through CCSY Program, youth ages 18, 19 and 20 will continue to receive financial and other supports from their CAS. This program and the support offered is intended to help Youth will continue to enter into an agreement with CAS which is renewed yearly until their 21st birthday. Youth will receive a minimum of $850 per month in CCSY support which may be provided directly to the youth, on their behalf (rent) or a combination of both. The monthly support is intended to address their basic needs, food and shelter. CAS’s may provide additional support for other items such as first/last month’s rent, start-ups costs, health benefits, etc. 

OCBE - Ontario Child Benefit Equivalent Fund

On June 26, 2008, the Minister of Children and Youth Services announced that the Provincial Government will provide new funding to Children’s Aid Societies for children and youth in care which will be equivalent to the Ontario Child Benefit.

 

Activities Fund:

Through the Activities Fund component of OCBE, children and youth in care between the ages of 0 and 17 will have greater access to recreational, educational, cultural, and social activities.

 

Savings Fund

Ontario Child Benefit Equivalent Pooled Fund: When a youth turns 15 years old, money is deposited into a Savings Fund which can only be accessed when the youth turns 18 years of age. These funds are to assist with the transition from care to independent living and can be used to pay last month’s rent, to purchase furniture, or for tuition in post-secondary school. To gain access to the Savings Fund, each youth must first complete Financial Literacy Training. 

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Foster a child, change a life. 

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This website would not be possible without the help and support of many foster and kinship parents. We are grateful to you and appreciate all your support.

Thank you from your F.P.A.

REMEMBER YOUR FOSTER PARENT ASSOCIATION MEETINGS ARE HELD AT THE DCAS OFFICE. 
 
WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

 

Contact BettyAt: durhamfpa@gmail.com

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