Foster parents provide a valuable service

October is the time to mark the valuable role of foster parents in the Okanagan.

Dear Editor:

October is once again a time to celebrate and appreciate the unique and extremely valuable role that foster parents in the Okanagan fulfill. I say fulfill because although it is considered a job and comes with an extended list of expectations, regulations and limitations they also in so many ways reap the rewards of a job well done.

Many foster parents tell me how much they love and enjoy children and find what they do as very fulfilling.

As the Foster Parent Coordinator of the South Okanagan I have the privilege of offering them support through the Okanagan Foster Parents Association.

I enjoy my work providing this support and training opportunities to help them in their day to day experiences with children of all ages and backgrounds.

Many come into care needing temporary help for the family in crisis and others go on to longer term care or adoption.

Foster parents offer love and acceptance and are particularly aware of their foster child’s attachment needs and the trauma that can result from separation.

If you personally know a foster parent, give them the kudos they deserve. We have a valuable resource which is often unrecognized. Thank you to each one of you who serve and care for the children and youth of our communities.

Betty Bogyo

Foster Parent Coordinator

Penticton

 

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