The Resource Social Worker provides a range of voluntary services to children and families, as well as recruits new Aboriginal homes, home studies and provides support to caregivers of urban Aboriginal children in permanent care. Almost half of the children-in-care in this province are Aboriginal. Children who are connected to their families, communities and culture do better as adults.
Residential Resources (C3)
The Residential Resources Team at Surrounded by Cedar Child and Family Services is responsible for the recruitment, approval, training, and ongoing support and monitoring of Indigenous and non-Indigenous foster families caring for urban Indigenous children and youth within the South Island.
Surrounded by Cedar’s Residential Resources Program maintains the belief that urban Indigenous children and youth in care have the right to grow up connected in a meaningful way to family, community and culture. In its recruitment and training of foster families, SCCFS strives to work with like-minded people.
Family Care Homes
There are many different ways you can provide support and care to the children and youth who need either long term or short term placements, emergency or relief or even potentially adoptive homes. Becoming a Foster parent or Caregiver is a way to extend our hearts and homes to other Aboriginal children in the community. As a caregiver, you and the child in your home will receive supports. You can provide a safe and loving placement for a youth or child while they are away from their parents.
Aboriginal Children and Youth Need Aboriginal Homes
Children and youth who are connected to their families, communities and cultures do better as adults. When Aboriginal children need to be away from their families, it is important for them to be with a family and caregivers willing to work to keep them connected to their roots. We look to our foster parents to fulfill this role, and to be a supportive, consistent caregiver in our children’s lives. Being a caregiver is a challenging job with many rewards. Caregivers play a very important role in our families, and in the wellbeing of our communities and Nations. We are always in need of caregivers and of Aboriginal families willing to open their hearts and their homes to an Aboriginal child
- Do you identify as an Aboriginal person?
- Are you willing to work with Aboriginal workers within our agency?
- Are you over the age of 19?
- Are you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually able to provide quality care for an Urban Aboriginal child?
- Do you believe in enhancing and supporting cultural connections and traditional teachings so that Urban Aboriginal children can live a culturally rich life?
- Can you create positive ways to work through unexpected challenges?
Who can be a Family Care Home Provider?
Anyone, 19 or older, who wants to share their home and life with a child, can apply to become a Family Care Home. It is not necessary to own your own home and your financial situation will not be a barrier.
In the application process, you will:
- Attend an Information Session
- Attend the Pre-Service Orientation Training
- Complete an application package
- Provide three personal references
- Complete a medical exam with your doctor
- Be interviewed, along with all family members in your home, by a social worker
- Provide written consent for a criminal record check
Contact us for more details about Caregiver Information Sessions. We look forward to hearing from you!
Caregiver Information Sessions
Monthly Caregiver Information Sessions will be offered in groups to those interested in becoming a Family Care Home, or who have questions, concerns or ideas about the fostering application process. Please contact our office directly to find out when the next session will be held in your area. If monthly sessions are not offered at that time, we also offer one-to-one information sessions, where you will meet with a resource worker to discuss fostering more personally. Please contact our Resource Worker to arrange a personal meeting time that works for you.