Released on October 1, 2021
The Government of Saskatchewan has once again proclaimed October as Foster Families Month to celebrate the many contributions of foster families across the province, and encourage individuals and families interested in giving back to look into becoming an approved foster home.
"Children and youth in care need a place to call home - no matter how short or long their stay," Social Services Minister Lori Carr said. "Foster families provide a safe and stable home to children and youth when their families are in crisis. I want to thank all foster families for the time they've spent supporting children and helping other Saskatchewan families in need."
The Saskatchewan Foster Families Association (SFFA) manages recruitment, training and support for foster families, in partnership with the Government of Saskatchewan. They are currently running a number of recruitment drives across the province to encourage people to learn more about becoming a foster parent.
"Foster care is an essential service for children, youth and their families," SFFA Executive Director Deb Davies said. "The goal is always to help children thrive and be reunited with their families and the SFFA offers a number of tools and training that promote healthy relationships for everyone involved."
There are nearly 500 foster families currently providing Saskatchewan children and youth a safe, loving and stable home in times when families must live apart for a period of time. The SFFA's work to recruit and retain foster families is an important component in the Government of Saskatchewan's effort to increase available family-based care options for children and youth who cannot safely remain in their family homes.
Anyone interested in learning more about how they can help vulnerable children, youth and their families, or what is required to become a foster parent, is encouraged to call the Saskatchewan Foster Families Association at 1-800-667-7002 or visit www.saskfosterfamilies.ca.
For more information, contact:Deb Davies
Saskatchewan Foster Families Association