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Making a difference as a foster caregiver

July 13, 2018 Posted in Blog Posts

“Right now there are more than 1,000 kids across B.C. who need temporary foster families when they can’t live at home.  Many of these children and teens come from hard places, however fostering can have a huge positive impact on their lives.” –BC Foster Parents

Drake Medox College’s Community Support Worker students recently attended an information session to learn more about Foster Parenting with MCFD (Ministry of Children and Family Development).

It was an opportunity for the students to consider opening their “hearts and homes” to individuals in need of support and care. The infants, children, and youth could be in the system for various reasons. They may be in “Volunteer Care Agreement”, removed from the family, or the family just needs extra support.

It was exciting to find that the 12 modules being taught in CSW program equip the students to provide this support/care in their own homes! For example, students learn about: ADHD, FASD, Developmental Diversabilities, Behaviour Challenges, Mental Health, Dual Diagnosis, Sexualized Behaviours, Aggressiveness, and Attachment Disorder.  All of these are mentioned in the “Prospective Foster Parent” application. The more the applicant understands these issues, the more likely they will be considered for fostering.

This information session was very rewarding because it highlighted that what students are learning in class is very much aligned with what is expected of them in the community. This information session opened up another avenue for students to consider once they complete the CSW program.

If anyone is interested in more information on becoming a Foster Parent they are encouraged to contact CSW program instructor Taranjeet at 604 629-0196, or to do some research on line through MCFD or BC Foster Parents websites.

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“We highly regard Community Support Work related schooling/credentials when making hiring decisions. The schooling indicates to us that applicants have some systematic training in the field and are passionate about quality care; this means they are likely to be high performers and stay longer because they fully understand what the job involves. Retention is a huge consideration, those that are likely to stay longer will always be highly sought after as it takes time to build working relationships and relationships with person served.”

Robin W.
HR Generalist

“Thank you Drake Medox College for assisting us in our hiring. We gained 5 staff from our posting and hope to gain more. Again our gratitude for producing high caliber members of the health care industry.”

Leo Monterola
Director of Care
Carlton Gardens Care Centre

“Please find attached the attendance and evaluations for all of the students who completed their practicum with us from February 8th – 15th. It was great to speak with their buddies because they all had such positive feedback, and really enjoyed working with the students. We really enjoy having the students here, and we look forward to working with you more in the future!”

Anja Meier
Human Resources Coordinator
Greater Vancouver Community Services Society

Success Story

Thanks to Drake Medox College and their Biggest Contest Ever promotion I was able to go with my family to Spain and France for 3 weeks! This was a great opportunity for us to visit our relatives and friends back home and do some traveling as well. I recommend Drake Medox College to others as not only do you learn so much from their teaching staff and training provided but also make new friends as well.