Peer Support Services

Peer Support Services offers you, the foster parent, two fantastic ways to connect with another experienced foster parent.

Our foster parent volunteers all have at least five years of fostering experience. This means PSS Volunteers have a broad range of fostering experiences, making them an incredible support resource for you to access.

On-Call Peer Support – call 1-888-845-1555 - CONFIDENTIAL

All foster parents – General, Kinship, Contract, and Respite – are welcome to call a Peer Support volunteer after regular business hours:

Wednesday          4:00pm to 10:00pm

Thursday               4:00pm to 10:00pm

Friday                     4:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday               10:00am to 10:00pm

Sunday                   10:00am to 10:00pm

 

When might you want to call another foster parent via On-Call Peer Support?
 

  • You want to talk to someone who understands the unique needs of a trauma-affected child; someone who may have experienced similar to what’s going on in your home right now.
  • You need to process your feelings around the complex emotions involved in fostering. For example, feelings surrounding a child preparing to leave your home and return to their birth family or transition to adoption.
  • You have a question about what resources are available to support you or the roles and responsibilities of the Department of Community Services, Mi’kmaw Children & Family Services, or Federation of Foster Families of Nova Scotia.
  • You are looking to hear the perspective or experiences of another foster parent about a certain question or situation.

One-on-One Peer Support

The One-on-One Peer Support program is an opportunity for support focused on new foster parents, to help you orient into your new and unfamiliar role. New foster parents will be matched with one of our experienced foster parent volunteers who will provide regular contact and support for a period of six months.

If you are a new foster parent who has not yet been offered a volunteer match, and you wish to be matched, please contact Kim Bulger at 1-888-845-1555

Our Volunteer Team

Our PSS Volunteer team is currently comprised of 12 foster parents from around the province:

Darlene Arseneau – MFCS Mainland

Viola Cain – Central

Joseph LeBreton – Western

Chris MacDonald – Eastern

Ernie Matheson – Central

Cathy Mullins – Eastern

Stacey Munroe – Northern

Joanna Mutton – Western

Iona Smith – Central

Joy Sweeney – Western

Margaret Thompson – Eastern

Ethel Wentzel – Western

 

We need YOUR feedback to improve our services!

Click here to evaluate our on-call support if you have recently called On-Call Peer Support

Click here to complete a one-on-one support evaluation if you have recently began or ended a one-on-one match with a volunteer.

 

Volunteer Online Forms:

Call Log

Communication Report

Monthly Contact Report

Expense Form