Foster parents deserve thanks

In the Kelowna area, more than 185 families open their homes to children in need of a safe place to live.

To the editor:

In the Kelowna area, more than 185 families open their homes and their hearts to children in need of a safe place to live for a while.

They care for children of all ages, from newborns to 18-year-olds, who come to fostering for many different reasons. Sometimes children stay for a day or two, sometimes for a year or longer. Often they develop relationships that last a lifetime.

What does it take to be a foster parent? Foster parents are patient and loving and understand how to meet the diverse needs of children. Foster parents maintain a stable, structured and positive home environment. Foster parents train regularly to improve their skills and they support children’s needs to maintain family and cultural connections.

Most of all, foster parents care about children. They’re willing to meet the challenges of helping children through difficult times, because they believe they can and do make a difference.

October is Foster Parent Appreciation Month in B.C. If you know someone who is a foster parent, let them know how special they are.

Joan Kirkbride,

Foster Parent

coordinator

Just Posted

New multi-million baggage system up and running at YLW

Kelowna Airport’s $39 million outbound baggage system can handle 900 bags an hour

New safety doors aim to protect transit drivers

These new full-length doors will be tested in Victoria, Kelowna and Abbotsford

Death and fire not treated as suspicious

RCMP has turned the invesigation of Monday’s fire on Gaggin Road over to the BC Coroners Service

Reworked plan for Kelowna’s Green Square development approved

After rejecting first version of residential development expansion, council says yes to new plan

Police searching for GoPro owner

Police are looking for the owner of a GoPro seized by police in Kelowna

One person sent to hospital after fire near Keremeos

Fire ripped through a shed and Winnebego at Sunkatchers RV Park Co-operative

Penticton Indian Band selects five new councillors

PIB aiming for internal reconciliation after by-election

Chiefs ground Rockets in Spokane

Former Rockets’ head coach Dan Lambert leads his Chiefs past Kelowna Wednesday in WHL action

Education minister blasts Chilliwack school trustee on gender issues

Fleming calls Neufeld’s behaviour ‘shameful’ and ‘unacceptable’

Two types of civic engagement in PIB

Some voted in the byelection, others protested the polls, as Penticton Indian Band fissures continue

‘Fresh eyes’ looking into three missing Cowichan Tribes men

First Nations want answers to their disappearances

Pedestrian hit moments after receiving safety reflector from police

The Vancouver Island man was treated for minor injuries by police at the scene

FortisBC LNG site exports first shipment of gas to China

The shipment is part of a pilot project that could see more exports in the future.

BC RCMP hunt for white SUV that rammed cruiser

Kamloops RCMP are looking for a white SUV headed north on the Yellowhead Highway

Most Read