The Aboriginal Resource Social Worker’s role is to provide voluntary services, as well as to recruit study and provide ongoing support to Caregivers of urban Aboriginal children in 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. When Aboriginal children need to be away from their own families, it is important for them to be with another family willing to keep them connected.
The Resource worker also conducts:
- Information sessions for new potential caregivers
- Helps to guide a new caregiver through the application process
- Provides on going support to caregivers
- Quality of Care Reviews
- Assists in Protocol Investigations
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!
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"The Thunderbird is a legendary gigantic figure found in almost all Indigenous cultures on the Northwest Coast. The Thunderbird flapped his wings emitting a thunderous sound, and lightening flashed when he blinked his eyes. One story I heard as a child always stuck with me, about how the first carver was unable to lift a huge beam to build his house, until the Thunderbird came and lifted it into place for him. This one story seems to me appropriate, as we are attempting to rebuild and heal our societies through the efforts of Aboriginal organizations."
Ray SimCoast Salish Artist
About the Artist Ray Sim Sr.
Ray is a member of the Musqueam Salish Nation of Vancouver, BC. He also has close familial ties to the Gitksan through his grandfather, who is from the Gitanmaax Band.
Ray’s first exposure to First Nations Northwest Coast Art came when he was age 12, attending art classes taught by Ron Hamilton. This early experience acted as the catalyst in his continued exploration of this art form.
His woodcarving includes plaques, spoons and various types of masks, bentwood boxes and bowls. In the field of graphic design, Ray produces paintings, prints, shawl designs, and also creates and paints drums.
Ray has taught art classes at both Ha-ho-payuk School in Port Alberni, and also at the Port Alberni Friendship Centre. He has instructed students on the Qualicum Reserve and at Parksville Malaspina College campus.
Ray is an artist dedicated to his work and is continually striving to further his understanding of First Nations Northwest Coast Art.