Therapeutic Foster Caregivers
Are you able to open your home to a child aged 13-17 who has complex trauma-impacted care needs?
is looking for
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
in a child’s life and join our McMan family.
For our Therapeutic Foster Caregiving program, we are currently looking for individuals who live in the South region of Alberta including Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Brooks, Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass, Fort MacLeod and surrounding areas who meet the following requirements:
Individuals/Co-applicants who are at least 18-years old
Are capable of providing a culturally-safe short-term home to a child with complex trauma histories
Are financially stable
Have a Reliable vehicle, valid Alberta Driver’s Licence, minimum $2M third party liability insurance, and a Driver’s Abstract with less than six demerits
Can produce a Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector and Child Intervention Record Check
Therapeutic Foster Caregivers must go through a screening process and can expect to complete the following:
Child Intervention Record Check
Criminal Record Check
Environmental Safety Assessment
Orientation to Caregiver Training sessions
The child-to-caregiver ratio is smaller than in traditional foster care, meaning that caregivers and specialists have more availability for each child.
Additionally, there is increased support for caregivers, including…
Compensation including daily skill fee and child maintenance, and paid wellness breaks
In-depth paid training
In-home support with Family Specialist
Valued member of the Therapeutic Team
Peer support and support groups
24/7 on-call support
Cultural and clinical consultation
NEW TO ALBERTA:
Therapeutic Foster Caregiving
Therapeutic foster caregiving is a new initiative that focuses on bringing adolescents with trauma-impacted needs back to their families of origin through increased supports in a home-based environment.
It's based on inclusive foster care, which means the family of origin is very involved; we're not removing children from their existing networks and replacing their supports with the foster family. We're bringing the foster family into their existing networks.
An Inclusive Approach to Foster Care:
Caregivers Needed in Southern AB
We honour An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families. In accordance with this act, one of our top priorities is placing Indigenous children with either their family of origin or another Indigenous caregiver before considering other options. Moreover, when other options must be considered, maintaining and enhancing connection with the child’s home community and family of origin is of paramount importance.
The program is designed to offer additional benefits to the children as well as to their caregivers. For example, some young people aren’t well-suited to group care environments, and traditional foster care may not offer intensive enough therapeutic support for them; the Therapeutic Foster Caregiving environment helps to mitigate factors like negative peer influences, or over-stimulating settings for those with certain disabilities. The child-to-caregiver ratio is also smaller, meaning that caregivers and specialists have more availability for each child.
Diverse Applicants Needed
One thing that's important for a child’s wellbeing and overall growth is cultural connection.
Particularly for indigenous youth, but also for newcomer populations and first generation Canadians. These children may be experiencing a tough adjustment between their parents or existing caregivers being from one culture, while they're exposed to the culture of southern Alberta everywhere else.
Having therapeutic caregivers who have the cultural understanding, knowledge, and ability to integrate children into their culture while maintaining connections is valuable.
Are you unable to be a Therapeutic Foster Caregiver but still interested in helping children in our program?
McMan South is also seeking youth and adults with lived experience in foster care and cultural knowledge keepers, community members, and/or Elders to be a part of our program's Advisory Circles.