Greetings to all our Foster and Kinship Families!
The month of October is recognized as Foster and Kinship Caregiver Appreciation Month in Alberta. Here in the Calgary Region, we celebrate during the third week of October which is National Foster Family Appreciation Week.
We have a long-standing tradition in Calgary of gathering today at City Hall to watch our flag being raised in honour of all of you. Our flag is still being flown today, even though we are not gathering again this year. Yet this is exactly what we celebrate and acknowledge in each of our families: your resiliency and ability to navigate and meet whatever challenge comes your way. You, our Foster and Kinship families, continue to step in the gap for the most vulnerable infants, children and youth, providing a safe, stable place and helping to heal the pain through your relationships with them and their families. You are the 24/7 intervention for those in your homes.
That is why our flag continues to fly at City Hall, and why this week’s observances are so important. We are forever grateful to all our families and those who continue to support us in so many ways. May this week be an extra encouragement to you.
With deepest appreciation,
Jo Busse, President
Calgary and District Foster Parents Association