St.Amant works with families in Winnipeg and rural Manitoba to foster children and adults with disabilities. The program is designed to provide individualized care in a nurturing, safe and stable family environment that promotes growth and encourages personal choice and opportunity.
Learn more about who needs foster care, 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.
Coordinator, Foster Services
204-256-4301 ext. 3365
Who needs foster care?
Children and adults with disabilities who need foster care come from all backgrounds. They need foster care for many reasons:
- Their family is no longer able 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. Persons with disabilities often require long-term supports due to their special needs and the high level of care that is necessary.
Who can be a foster care provider?
- Foster parents are individuals or couples throughout Manitoba of diverse cultural backgrounds who are:
- Emotionally, physically and financially stable
- Supportive, compassionate and nurturing and able to commit time and energy to meet the needs of a child or adult with disabilities
- Own or rent a home (house or apartment) that meets the needs of the individual supported and provincial licensing standards
What is involved in providing foster care?
St.Amant and foster care providers work together to fulfil their responsibilities and protect the rights of people in foster care.
Rights of the Person in 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 of origin in a safe and respectful manner
- Return to family of origin, when appropriate, at the first opportunity
Responsibilities of Foster Providers
- Provide emotional care and nurturing
- 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 family of origin and community
- Complete mandatory training and any additional training deemed pertinent to the individual’s needs
- 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 the individual supported
How do I become a foster care provider?
All foster parents must be licensed by a Child & Family Services agency and the Supported Living Program of Family Services & Housing. Prospective foster providers and a Foster Care Facilitator 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
- Adult Abuse Registry check
Learn more at Manitoba Family Services and Housing