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Programs 2017-09-18T17:13:15-06:00

Our Programs

The Calgary and District Foster Parents’ Association (CFPA) enjoys an interactive and mutually beneficial relationship with Child and Family Services Division of the Calgary Region. With its volunteer board of directors and its three employees, the CFPA collaborates with the region to find, screen, and mentor potential and new families who are appropriate for the program. The CFPA also offers a wide range of family activities to its members; with at least one fun event planned per month.

Screening/Homestudy

The Screener/Home Study Coordinator is responsible for assisting people through the application process. It involves a performing a preliminary screening interview to determine suitability to the program, gathering documents for the family to complete a home study and coordinating a Social Worker to do that home study. The primary task of the Screener/Home Study Coordinator is to ensure the Foster Care Program and potential foster families each have the necessary information to make an informed decision.

The Respite Program is coordinated by the Screener/Home Study Coordinator. This is a list of licensed foster homes that are willing to provide occasional or on-going respite or relief care to a Foster or Kinship family.

Recruitment

The Recruiter takes responsibility for informing and educating the public about the requirements and responsibilities of the government Foster Care Program.

Producing and booking advertising, public speaking, community relations, committee work and responding directly to citizens’ requests for information by telephone and email precede a potential applicant’s attendance at a general information meeting. After attending a Foster Care Awareness Session people may self-refer to the next step, which is a home screening interview.

Mentorship

The CFPA Mentor Program matches each new foster family and many kinship families with an experienced mentor to support and guide them through the first 12 months of their fostering journey. This is after-hours, peer-support of someone who has knowledge of the “system”, working with biological family, behavior management and all things related to having a foster/kinship child in your care. They are warm, welcoming, kind and empathetic – just the kind of selfless people you’d expect to be part of the fostering community.