The Peer Support Program is an initiative designed to provide support to foster parents by foster parents. These network-trained foster parents are referred to as Peer Support Providers.
Peer Support Providers have first-hand knowledge of the increasingly complex challenges to providing care to children and they have been trained in ways to provide assistance in a knowledgeable and healthy manner. They give emotional and social support to empower foster parents and the children to whom they provide care. At the same time they are helping to support a strong and cooperative working relationship between foster parents and agencies.
The MFFN believes that an organized and comprehensive support system is critical to assisting all foster families fulfill their role as caregivers.
Danae lives in Thompson and had quickly become a dynamic part of the Peer Support Team. Danae has been described as having a willing ear and open mind. She joined us a volunteer support provider in 2012 and she has wasted no time allowing her compassion and intelligence to shine through.
Rachelle is from St. Pierre-Jolys and she was trained in the fall of 2011. Not only is she a caring foster parent with loads of experience, she also runs a specialized foster home to add knowledge to the Peer Support Team.
Linda hails from Kleefeld. Along with being a foster parent, Linda is also a travel agent. She has been fostering in the south-east area of the province for many years and brings that experience with her to the Peer Support Program.
Patti lives in Landmark and has been fostering for two years. Patti has a wealth of information pertaining to the foster care system through work, formal education, and as a foster parent. The combination of this knowledge is a tremendous asset to the Peer Support Program.
Karen has been a foster parent for 18 years and has many connections in the fostering community. Through formal education, professional development opportunities and networking in the community, Karen has knowledge of resources available for families and children and is willing to help out whenever there is an opportunity.
Vinnie lives in Kleefeld with her husband Fred. They have been fostering in the south-east area of the province for 13 years. These years of fostering have given her experience in many different areas like FASD, ODD, Autism, attachment, but not limited to this.
Sandy and her husband live in Steep Rock and have been fostering for the last 17 years. They foster in a specialized foster home setting. This is the second time she is serving on the Peer Support line, having just returned after a break and tells us she is enjoying interacting with other foster parents. Sandy places great value in the information that other foster parents have to share to make our lives easier.