Resources

A foster parent should never feel alone. We’ve compiled an extensive list of helpful documents and resources to educate and inform existing and potential new foster parents.

 

DOCUMENTS:

"Benefits at a Glance" - Insurance coverage for Foster Parents

Child Welfare Services Automatic Payment Schedule

Maintenance Expenditures for Children in Care - Policy 94 *This policy is currently under revision and some of the information contained in it may no longer be accurate. If you have any questions, please contact your Social Worker for clarity. When the revised policy 94 is approved by DCS, it will be posted on this website.

Foster Parent Rights, Responsibilities and Child Welfare Obligations

Protocol for Investigating Allegations of Child Abuse and Neglect

Legal Aspects of the Children and Family Services Act

Fostering Cultural Development: Foster Parents’ Perspectives

Social networking and Facebook information for foster carers

RESOURCE LINKS:

10 TIPS for Foster Parents: To Help Their Foster Youth Avoid Teen Pregnancy

5 do's and dont's to help foster children in school

BURSARIES
The Federation of Foster Families of Nova Scotia has created a number of bursary programs designed to support and encourage youth in furthering their futures.

THE JENNY CAJOLAIS MEMORIAL BURSARY

In acknowledging the importance of the role of birth and adopted children of foster parents in providing foster children with a healthy home environment, and in acknowledging that birth and adoptive children in foster homes must be very willing and able to adapt to an ever-changing home environment, the Federation of Foster Families of Nova Scotia has established a bursary program for these children of foster parents. This is designed to be an award of encouragement and should not be considered to be in lieu of financial support from any other agency or organization.

AMOUNT - Two bursaries will be awarded per year based on the amount of funds raised and donations throughout the year.

WHO MAY APPLY - A birth or adopted child of foster parents who have been fostering for a minimum of five years. The applicant must be enrolled in an educational program to further his/her skills.

APPLICATION PERIOD - Applications are received by the Federation office in Dartmouth throughout the year. The application deadline each year is August 30. Bursaries will be awarded in the fall.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE - An application form may be obtained from your local child welfare agency or from the Federation Office in Dartmouth. Application forms must be accompanied by:

  • A letter of confirmation showing that the applicant is enrolled in an educational program.
  • A letter of recommendation from the Foster Care Coordinator for your parent(s)
  • A short written or taped essay describing why you have chosen to enter this particular educational program (200 words maximum length)
  • A transcript of last set of grades - although these will not be the deciding factor in choosing the recipient of the bursary

SELECTION PROCEDURE - All completed applications will be brought before a three-member committee comprised of representatives from the Federation's Board of Directors.

For further information contact:
Federation of Foster Families of Nova Scotia
350-99 Wyse Road
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B3A 4S5
Phone: (902) 424-3071
Fax: (902) 424-5199

Click here to print the Jenny Cajolais Memorial Bursary Application

To find out how to donate to the Jenny Cajolis Memorial Bursary fund, please contact the Federation office at (902) 424-3071.

THE THELMA GOODALL MEMORIAL BURSARY

In acknowledging the importance of assisting youth in care to pursue activities, which would enhance their self-concept and future employment possibilities, the Federation of Foster Families of Nova Scotia has established a bursary program for such purposes. This is designed to be an award of encouragement and should not be considered to be in lieu of financial support from any other agency or organization.

AMOUNT - Two bursaries will be awarded per year based on the amount of funds raised and donations throughout the year.

WHO MAY APPLY - A youth-in-care or former youth-in-care who is enrolled in an educational program to further his/her skills.

APPLICATION PERIOD - Applications are received by the Federation office in Dartmouth throughout the year. The application deadline each year is August 30. Bursaries will be awarded in the fall.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE - An application form may be obtained from your local child welfare agency or from the Federation Office in Dartmouth. Application forms must be accompanied by:

  • A letter of confirmation showing that the applicant is enrolled in an educational program.
  • A letter of recommendation from your social worker
  • A short written or taped essay describing why you have chosen to enter this particular educational program (200 words maximum length)
  • A transcript of last set of grades - although these will not be the deciding factor in choosing the recipients of the bursary

SELECTION PROCEDURE - All completed applications will be brought before a three-member committee comprised of representatives from the Federation's Board of Directors.

For further information contact:
Federation of Foster Families of Nova Scotia
350-99 Wyse Road
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B3A 4S5
Phone: (902) 424-3071
Fax: (902) 424-5199

Click here to print the Thelma Goodall Bursary Application

To find out how to donate to the Thelma Goodall Bursary fund, please call (902) 424-3071.

 

THE AMANDA'S GIFT BURSARY PROGRAM - offered by the Nova Scotia Council for the Family 

The Nova Scotia Council for the Family offers the Amanda’s Gift Burasry Program to former youth in care of the Province of Nova Scotia, ages 16-28, who are pursuing education or career opportunities.  The bursary is available to youth who were in permanent, tempory, or voluntary care at any time and  who are not currently receiving the Department of Community Services Educational Bursary. We offer the bursary two times a year in June and October and eligible applicants may receive up to $1,500 per bursary.  For more information contact the NSCF at www.nscouncilfamily.org or  902-422-1316 ext.1 . 

Click HERE to print the Amanda's Gift Burary application

 

Additional Links

Canadian Foster Care Sites

Nova Scotia Department of Community Services , Foster Care
Canadian Foster Family Association (CFFA)
Saskatchewan Foster Family Association
British Columbia Federation of Foster Parent Associations
New Brunswick Foster Family Association
Yellowknife Foster Family Association
Newfoundland & Labrador Foster Families Association
Canadian Foster Parent Homepage
Foster Parents Society of Ontario 
Manitoba Foster Family Network Inc.
Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents 
Alberta Foster Parent Association 

International Foster Care Sites

International Foster Care Organisation
National Foster Parent Association Inc.
FosterParents.com

Child Welfare Sites

Child Welfare League of Canada
Kids Peace
Child Welfare League of America
Nova Scotia Adoption Information

Foster Youth Related Sites

YouthInCare.ca
FosterClub.com
Nova Scotia Youth in Care Newsletter Project
TeenCentral.net
Heartwood

Other

Mi'kmaq.ca
FASlink Fetal Alcohol Disorders & Society
The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada
Attention Deficit Disorder
Nova Scotia ADHD Support Group
St. John Ambulance - Nova Scotia
Foster Care Report - Nova Scotia - September 2006
Foster Parent College
Caring for Kids
Social Learning
Office of the Ombudsman
Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc (CPI)