Support & Education

Foster Family Support Services

Foster Family Support Educational Services provides specialized support and educational opportunities to foster parents involved with both Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and Vancouver Aboriginal Child Family Services Society (VACFSS).

Using a caregiver-centered approach, highly skilled individuals work one-on-one with foster families to help them with their unique challenges caring for children in their homes. The caregiver, Resource Worker, Guardianship Social Worker and in-home support worker will work together to come up with specific goals and create a customized service plan.

Once the established goals have been reached, the caregiver and Resource Worker may choose to close the file or request an extension of service with new goals.

The B.C Foster Care Education Program

The British Columbia Foster Care Education Program consists of 53 hours of mandatory training on a range of topics, presented in 14 modules. It is recommended that the modules be taken in sequence to maximize the learning experience.

Online training is available for foster parents contracted with MCFD in the Vancouver Coastal Region. Caregivers can submit a Prior Learning Assessment to receive credits towards the completion of the BC Foster Parent Education Program based on previous education, training, employment and/or other previous learning opportunities.

Program Highlights:

  • In-home support from foster support workers
  • Support with identifying and working with children's behavior concerns

  • A resource for more information about adoption or fostering

  • Support navigating the challenges of the MCFD & VACFSS systems

  • An opportunity to network with other foster parents

  • Support while completing the 53 hour mandatory B.C. Education Program

  • Access to highly specialized education sessions to enhance skills for foster families

Access to Program:

  • Welcome Wagon Referral
    All new foster parents are referred to the Foster Family Support program for Welcome Wagon delivery and three months of in-home support, which can be extended upon request.
  • Resource Worker Referral
    Resource Workers submit referrals directly to the Foster Family Support Program central table.

  • Caregiver Request for Support Services
    All caregivers may request support services. The form can be accessed on or call 1-877-926-1185 to make a referral to the program. 

  • Extended Family Referral/Request for Service
    Social Workers can submit a referral for support services directly to the Foster Family Support. Extended Family Caregivers can also submit a request for support services. The request form can be accessed and submitted through Family Service Team Social Workers, or on or call 1-877-926-1185 to make a referral to the program.

Foster Family Support Services
2990 Nanaimo Street
Vancouver BC
Telephone: 604-215-9810
Fax number: 604-215-9815
Toll Free: 1-877-926-1185

Links to Other Sites

This is the central information hub for foster parents and professionals (e.g., protocol information, referral information, training schedules, appreciation events etc.).

Head Office

Surrey Office

#104-267 West Esplanade,
North Vancouver, BC
V7M 1A5

Phone: 604-987-8211
Fax: 604-987-8122
#300-10524 King George Blvd.
Surrey, BC
V3T 2X2

Phone: 604-496-7997
Fax: 604-987-8122