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Building Positive Relationships with Families

The Durham Foster Parent Association is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth currently in the foster care system. Our goal is to promote and support positive relationships among the children, youth and families we serve. The Durham Foster Parent Association collaborate with other foster parents, the FPSO and Child Welfare for systemic change and for the resources needed to meet the unique needs of the children, youth, and families we support. We know that it is not easy to care for someone else’s child and, that it will be extremely difficult for the child/youth in care. With patience, kindness, knowledge and an understanding, together we will make a difference. 


All children will face challenges and regrettably, face disappointments at one time or another. When family creates an unhealthy environment for a child and removal from the home may become necessary, our hopes would be that with the right supports put in place and a good working relationship with the family, that many of our children will return to a safe home. The objective of foster care is to provide the child with a healthy 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 one where culture, language, religion, and values must be respected and safeguardedThe ideal plan is to reunite children with their family and if not possible, the plan may include adoption or kinship care.


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. It is always our goal to keep our foster children's best interest at the forefront at all times. Advocate for kids' sake. 

SHAYLA'S VOICE Stepping up for Special Needs Families-CityNews Toronto

Durham Foster Parent Executives
Cathy Irving
Annasha Martin
Vice President
Christine Clark
Charmaine Lee 
Legal Refence Liaison and Communications Officer
Elaine Hutchinson
Director for Foster Parent Society of Ontario

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Have you ever thought about becoming a foster parent? Contact Durham Children's Aid Society   

Children’s Aid Society 

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Thank you from your Durham F.P.A.