Once a child is placed in their home, foster families receive ongoing financial support from the Ministry of Social Services. The payment allows foster parents to provide for physical needs including:
- Personal items
Additional funds may be available for expenses such as sports, music lessons, cultural activities and other special needs.
Foster parents who are caring for children with significant behavioural or medical needs may require additional funds beyond the basic compensation rates.
Children in foster care are entitled to receive supplementary medical services, which provides for most health needs, including prescription medication, eye care and dental services.
As part of the family assessment home study process, prospective foster parents participate in PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) Training. PRIDE is a competency-based model of practice implemented by the Ministry of Social Services to aid in the development and support of foster families.
PRIDE focuses on:
- Protecting and nurturing children;
- Meeting children’s developmental needs and addressing developmental delays;
- Supporting relationships between children and their families;
- Connecting children to safe, nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime; and
- Working as a member of a professional team.
Once a child is placed in their home, foster families receive ongoing support from Social Services and from the Saskatchewan Foster Families Association. Local meetings and support groups give new foster families an opportunity to discuss questions or concerns with experienced foster families.