Caregivers are people who are reliable, consistant, patient, and above all, resiliant! What’s important is having a stable home life, a big heart, and a willingness to help change a child or young person’s life for the better.
The caregiver provides care for the child until the parents/families are able to care for them again. Caregivers receive financial compensation to provide the necessities of life for the child/youth in their care (i.e. food, clothes, transportation, etc.)
You'll help your child achieve their goals.
The care plan
Your social worker will talk to you about a care plan for your child. This is a plan created especially for the child to help meet their needs, so that you can understand their behaviour and help them thrive in your care.
The child's family goals
Our main goal for all children who come into care is to see them safe and happy as part of a family. As soon as a child comes into our care, we'll begin working towards this goal. This may mean:
the child returns home
they live permanently with extended family
they live permanently with a caregiver who isn't related to them
if they are older, we may help them to start living independently, while providing them with family-like supports.
Can I become a caregiver?
Our caregivers come from all walks of life. Caregivers can be married, single, or partnered; own their own house or rent one; 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 children and youth can apply to be a caregiver, including single people, and married couples. You don't need to own your own home to be a caregiver, but you should have additional rooms in your home to ensure the child/youth in your care has privacy.
If you are interested in becoming a caregiver, please contact our office at 250-378-2771 or toll free at 1-877-378-2773.