Q. What is the KFFNM?
A. More appropriately, “Who” is the Kinship & Family Network of Manitoba? The Kinship & Foster Family Network of Manitoba is you… the kinship & foster families. We are a grassroots organization that is organized by kinship & foster parents for the benefit of kinship & foster families. We receive the majority of our funding from the Province of Manitoba and we run supportive programming based on information we receive from kinship & foster parents.
Q. Who Can Use the Network?
A. Every kinship & foster parent in the province of Manitoba is automatically a member of the Kinship & Foster Family Network, regardless of where in Manitoba they live or which agency they are licensed through. If you are fostering, please provide us with your contact information so we can keep you informed and connected.
Q. Is the Network an Advocacy Group?
A. No. The Kinship & Foster Family Network is not an advocacy group. Our role is to advise and assist kinship & foster parents with healthy and legislated methods to address the challenges they may be experiencing in the foster home.
Advising and supporting can mean empowering kinship & foster parents by:
- assisting them to develop a healthier communication with their agency
- connecting them to other support services available to them
- educating them in a number of common interest areas
- advising them of their rights and responsibilities as caregivers
Q. Is the Network a Child and Family Services Agency?
A. No. The Kinship & Foster Family Network is a foster parent driven support system for kinship & foster parents. We do work with agencies, however to assist in supporting kinship & foster parents.
Sometimes the best way to meet the needs of the kinship & foster families is to pool resources. By working with the Kinship & Foster Family Network, agencies are able to share supportive resources.
Sharing support programs and using the Kinship & Foster Family Network to access information leads to better support. So, although the Kinship & Foster Family Network is not a child and family services agency, we do work with agencies in their support of kinship & foster families.