The Saskatchewan Foster Families Association is hoping current foster parents spread the word about the benefits of taking in vulnerable youth.
The Association’s recent “Tell Two Friends Referral Campaign” launched in January, and SFFA Executive Director Deb Davies hopes it will bring in more foster families.
While the process to becoming a foster home might seem like a long one, Davies says it’s worth it, since the need for foster homes in the province is significant.
Davies says she knows first-hand how gratifying it is to be a foster parent. “I was a foster parent for 28-years. It was one of the most-rewarding opportunities I had to give back to my community,” said Davies.
Davies says the entire process is about “families helping families” and she hopes more people in the community reach out.
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The SFFA is a community-based organization that provides support for prospective and approved foster parents across Saskatchewan.
They jointly deliver training with the Ministry of Social Services. The organization employs approximately 160 people across the province to aid in that training, and to provide in-home supports for foster families.
For the month of January, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services is highlighting the $200.00 referral incentive to current foster families for every successful foster family referral they make.
“Word of mouth is a very powerful tool,” Davies said. “That’s why we are asking everyone to tell two friends they would make great foster parents. Hopefully they will tell two friends and the message will spread.”
Since September, over 250 requests for information packages from people interested in becoming foster parents province wide have come in and many families are now in the approval or training process, however the need for more foster families in Saskatchewan is still significant.