Resource Workers support young people to ensure they stay within their communities and families. In order to address the long-term effects of inter-generational trauma, parents will sometimes need support to step in to help care for their children, while supporting them in healing themselves. When this happens, the resource workers connect with family and community members willing to open their homes to ensure the young people remain in the community until they are ready to come back together as a family. The Resource Team works with Care Providers to ensure they have the resources to support those children and young people.
Care Providers provide a young person with a home until the families can come back together. Nurturing and caring people are recruited to provide temporary homes for children. As a care provider, you are part of a team with the common goal of returning children home with their families. You are a valuable team member and can always ask for help if you have concerns or require further information. Care providers receive financial compensation to help provide the necessities of life for the young person in their care (i.e., food, clothes, transportation, etc.).
There is a need for community and family members that are willing to open their homes to ensure young people stay in their communities.
Can I Become A Care Provider?
Care Providers come from all walks of life. Care Providers can be married, single, or partnered; have no children of their own or have a large family; be working full-time or a stay-at-home parent.
Anyone over 19 years of age who has the maturity to provide care and guidance to young people can apply to be a Care Provider. You do not need to own your own home, but you should have additional rooms in your home to ensure the young person in your care has privacy.
Scw’exmx Child and Family Services encourages you to consider being a Care Provider regardless of where you live, as Care Providers are needed to care for young people in each of the 5 communities, as well as in Merritt.
If you are interested in becoming a Care Provider, please contact the office at 250-378-2771 or toll free at 1-877-378-2773.