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Maybe you are looking into fostering for the first time or maybe you have thought about it for years and are ready to take the plunge either way, fostering is a very personal decision and one that will change your life forever whenever the time is right for you. You probably have a lot of questions about the process and how it all works. Hopefully we can answer some of them for you here. This will be your journey an exciting journey and our team will be there to support you every step of the way.
Welcome! As the Operational Director I am responsible for the day-to-day delivery of service and case management for children, youth and foster families including the implementation of the Team Parenting Model (a Therapeutic Model aimed at supporting children in care). My goal is to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and foster families by ensuring that Key Assets excels in service delivery.
It’s my job to connect with everyone who inquires about fostering by phone, email or through our website. I will answer all of your questions about fostering and ask you a few questions as well to see if fostering is a good fit for you and your family.
I’ll be in touch to invite you to our pre-service Journey to Foster training session. Its my job to send you the date, time and location of the training as well as an application package. If you continue on with your journey to foster, we will work closely together during the assessment process to make sure all of the checks and references are complete and there are no delays in your approval.
My job is to make sure you are fully informed about fostering, Key Assets and what you can expect as a parent. One of the ways we do this is through our Journey to Foster training program. Over the course of the weekend, you will get to know us well and what fostering is all about. I’ll be your guide through the assessment process. Once you have completed your training and you have submitted your application, I’ll assign one of our qualified Independent Fostering Assessors to complete your home study assessment and will oversee the process until you become an approved foster parent.
As Foster Care Manager, I oversee our satellite office in London, Ontario. Working closely with my colleagues, I help support our staff and parents to provide the best possible care for our children and youth. My goal is to bring Key Assets vision alive by making a positive and lasting difference for children and families.
One of us will be your main support while you are fostering. If you have any questions or you’re unsure about something, just give us a call. We’ll visit you often and attend meetings with you once you have a foster child in your care. We’ll help you develop your skills through training and support you whenever you need it. Before your first placement, we’ll arrange to meet with you in your home and have you sign your foster care agreement. We’ll also give you lots of reading material so you can gear yourself up for the ins and outs of fostering and prepare for your first placement.
We want everyone’s journey, from your initial enquiry about fostering for Key Assets, to approval as a foster parent, to be positive and exciting. I supervise the Recruitment & Placement team. The Recruitment team will respond to your very first contact with us, when you are beginning your journey to become a foster parent, and we will stay with you all the way through to our Journey to Foster training, and into the assessment phase. I will sign you on as a “foster parent” and welcome you to our Key Assets family! Once you are approved, I will ensure that the CAS is aware you are approved to foster, then the Placement Worker and myself will look at referrals and ensure we look for the best placement match for you and your family. We will be calling before you know it, to place a new young person in your home. I am always available to answer questions, so whether you are going through your foster home assessment or are an approved foster parent, please feel free to pass by and visit!
Once you’re approved, I will let the Children’s Aid Societies know you are available to foster and they will contact us to discuss possible children that would be a good match for your family. I know that matching is crucial to a successful placement so I will make sure to find out as much as we need to know about your family as well as the foster child so we know when the fit is right. I will then contact you and we can discuss the details of the child or children that we feel would match your family well. If you agree to a placement, I will let the Children’s Aid worker know and they will make the final decision to place the child in your care. There will be a lot of communication and I will keep you updated every step of the way. Once a placement is confirmed, I will work with the Children’s Aid Society to make the arrangements. You will then become an active foster parent congratulations! Of course that doesn’t mean your journey ends here it has only just begun.
It is my job to support the Child and Youth Counsellors and ensure that they are able to provide the best support possible to our young people. In doing so I assist our CYC staff in developing different programming for the young people (individual/group based), creating goals for our young people and overall ensuring that our youth are succeeding in their placements. In addition to this I facilitate our Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training. This is a crisis prevention training that is mandatory for all carers/staff to have. This training will help you deal with the difficult situations that we encounter when working with hard to serve youth. It will help with the things such as how to verbally deescalate physically/verbally aggressive children, how to effectively communicate with an explosive child, how to appropriately consequence and much more. This training will be offered to you within the first few months of your approval and then will be completed on an annual basis thereafter.
Our role is to support the foster child directly. This is done in many different ways. Sometimes we will spend time with them in your home developing a skill or we may take them out to an event in the community. We may even help them find a part-time job or just be a shoulder to cry on when they need it. One thing is for sure you will see a lot of us!
The children in our care have complex issues that often necessitate our parenting team’s (foster parents, child and youth workers and foster support workers) understanding of the impact of trauma and abuse, separation and loss and multiple moves on the lives, needs and behaviours of these kids. That’s where I come in. with over 30 years’ experience in children’s mental health, all members of the parenting team can consult with me about the children in our care, how best to meet their needs and how best to ensure the health and well-being of the foster child, foster parents and their families. I also provide agency wide training on a number of key issues and subjects to enhance the knowledge and experience of each member of the parenting team.
My role is to help our staff with the day to day operations, finances and organisation of the company. With my support, the staff is able to stay focused on our youth and carer need I am always available to lend a helping hand and I am happy to support you any way I can.
My role is to maintain the switchboard and greet our carers and other guests as the enter the office. I also perform administrative functions for the office and service team. I will help you with any questions or concerns you may have or find the appropriate person that can.
My role within our London location is to greet everyone who comes through our door. I will also work closely with you during your assessment process, making sure all documents are up to date and complete to continue in your journey to fostering.