Emergency Foster Services
Are you passionate about a better future for people with developmental disabilities? St.Amant is seeking families interested in becoming short-term foster providers for children and youth. As a provider, you’re available to provide a safe and warm temporary home for children in crisis. Make a difference in the life of someone today.
St.Amant Emergency Foster Services (EFS) works with families in Winnipeg and to foster children with disabilities. The program is designed to provide individualized care to children in crisis, with a variety of complex needs, in a nurturing, safe and stable family environment that promotes growth and encourages personal choice and opportunity. St.Amant EFS foster providers are an integral part of a care team that provides supports to children in need of stabilization and extensive resource provision.
Learn more about who needs foster care below, who can be a foster care provider and what is involved, rights of a person in foster care, foster care provider responsibilities and St.Amant’s responsibilities.
St.Amant Community Services
Phone: 204-256-4301, Ext. 3353
Who needs emergency foster care?
Children with disabilities who need emergency foster care come from all backgrounds. They need foster care for many reasons:
- Their family unable to provide the high level of care required
- Illness, death or family conflict
- Abuse, neglect or abandonment
Being placed in care can be difficult for both the person and their family. Separation issues must be worked through with care, support and encouragement, and foster providers must be willing to work with biological family members of the child in their care. Persons with disabilities often require long-term supports due to their special needs and the high level of care that is necessary. Emergency foster can be the bridge to successful long-term supports.
Who can be an emergency foster care provider?
Foster providers are couples throughout Manitoba of diverse cultural backgrounds who are:
- Good at managing crisis or high-stress situations
- Emotionally, physically and financially stable
- Supportive, compassionate and nurturing, and able to commit time and energy to meet the needs of a child with disabilities
- Able to accept any child into their home, with few exceptions
- Own or rent a home (house or apartment) that meets the needs of the child and provincial licensing standards
What is involved in providing emergency foster care?
St.Amant and foster providers work together to fulfil their responsibilities and protect the rights of people in emergency foster care.
Rights of the person in emergency foster care
- Safety and protection
- Opportunity to develop emotionally, socially, physically, educationally and spiritually in a nurturing environment
- Information about their placement provided in a manner that promotes self-esteem
- Help to deal with separation and loss
- Opportunities to stay connected to families and communities of origin in a safe and respectful manner
- Return to family of origin, when appropriate, at the first opportunity within 6 months
Responsibilities of emergency foster providers
- Provide emotional care and nurturing
- Provide calm and stable environment for children in crisis; manage crisis situations calmly
- Carry out behaviour management strategies as part of treatment plans established for the child by St.Amant clinicians within 6 months
- Meet educational, recreational, social, spiritual and cultural needs
- Provide physical care and attend to regular medical, optical and dental needs and any special treatments as required
- Support connection to the family of origin and community within 6 months
- Open your home to fellow treatment team members and support staff as needed
- Complete mandatory training and any additional training deemed pertinent to the needs of the individual supported
- Maintain confidentiality
- Maintain records and documentation as required
- Communicate effectively with other members of the support team
- Participate in the planning process by identifying needs and goals for the individual receiving support
- Comply with all legislation, regulations and provincial standards set out by Child & Family Services, Family Services & Housing and St.Amant
Responsibilities of St.Amant
- Protect all children and adults placed under St.Amant’s care
- Develop a Personal Outcome Plan based on strengths and needs of the individual
- Facilitate inclusion in the community to the maximum extent possible
- Document and report on activities, progress and changing needs in accordance with legislation, policies and procedures
- Provide respite and support hours based on the needs of the individual and foster family as set out in a service contract
- Select and support foster families to meet the individual’s needs
- Supervise the care of individuals placed in the foster home
- Orient and train the foster provider(s) and associated staff supports
- Advocate for new services and system changes to meet the changing needs of individuals, families and communities
- Demonstrate sound fiscal management of the resources entrusted to us on behalf of individual supported
- Work with Child and Family Services to ready longterm supports for the child
How do I become an emergency foster provider?
All emergency foster providers must be able to be licensed by Family Services, using the Structured Analysis Family Evaluation tool (SAFE). Prospective foster providers and a Foster Care Facilitator or Coordinator will complete an in-depth application process that includes:
- Reference checks
- Child Abuse Registry, Prior Contact and Criminal Record checks
- Driver’s Abstract and medical reference
- Foster Family and Biography/Life Experience questionnaires
- In-home interviews, home visits and a home inspection