A salute to Okanagan foster parents

It takes a combination of love, care, firmness, boundaries, structure, nurture, forgiveness, compassion and toughness.

Dear Editor:

Foster parents you are a special breed!

It takes a combination of love, care, firmness, boundaries, structure, nurture, forgiveness, compassion and toughness to meet the needs of our children in care.

You open your homes, hearts and families to children that have complex issues, and special needs, this takes people like you with courage, determination, patience, empathy and strength. The Okanagan Foster Parents Association would like to express gratitude for your warmth and compassion.

We also encourage you to pat yourselves on the back. The work done on a day to day basis by you the foster parents is invaluable, upstanding and often unacknowledged.

This month brings recognition to all foster parents for your continued commitment to improve the lives of children and youth, and to go above and beyond while meeting the needs of these children and youth.

October is Foster Family Appreciation month in B.C.  As the Okanagan Foster Parents Associations’ new South Okanagan Foster Parent Coordinator, I look forward to establishing positive, empowering relationships with our Foster Parent Community and Community Partners.

Melanie Boyko

South Okanagan Foster Parent Coordinator

Kelowna

 

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