The Peer Support Program is an initiative designed to provide support to kinship & foster parents by kinship & foster parents. These network-trained kinship & foster parents are referred to as Peer Support Providers.
Peer Support Providers have first-hand knowledge of the increasingly complex challenges to providing care to children and they have been trained in ways to provide assistance in a knowledgeable and healthy manner. They give emotional and social support to empower kinship & foster parents and the children to whom they provide care. At the same time they are helping to support a strong and cooperative working relationship between kinship & foster parents and agencies.
KFFNM believes that an organized and comprehensive support system is critical to assisting all foster families fulfill their role as caregivers.
Linda hails from Kleefeld. Along with being a foster parent, Linda is also a travel agent. She has been fostering in the south-east area of the province for many years and brings that experience with her to the Peer Support Program.
Karen has been a foster parent for 18 years and has many connections in the fostering community. Through formal education, professional development opportunities and networking in the community, Karen has knowledge of resources available for families and children and is willing to help out whenever there is an opportunity.
Vinnie lives in Kleefeld with her husband Fred. They have been fostering in the south-east area of the province for 13 years. These years of fostering have given her experience in many different areas like FASD, ODD, Autism, attachment, but not limited to this.
Sandy and her husband live in Steep Rock and have been fostering for the last 17 years. They foster in a specialized foster home setting. This is the second time she is serving on the Peer Support line, having just returned after a break and tells us she is enjoying interacting with other foster parents. Sandy places great value in the information that other foster parents have to share to make our lives easier.
Nettie and her husband reside in Lorette. They have been fostering for 11 yrs. Just recently Nettie transferred over to the specialized unit within their agency. They both love to explore, their greatest passions are traveling and camping.