at 800 Franklin Blvd. unit 5B, Cambridge, N1R 7Z1 Canada
Our mission is to build real relationships and to evoke real change with challenging children and their families
The purpose of REAL PEOPLE FOSTER AND FAMILY SERVICES Inc. is to build real relationships and to evoke real change with challenging children and their families. REAL PEOPLE will enhance the child’s journey with a shared (all invested parties) vision. • The Therapeutic Program will focus on the needs of the children with specific attention to grief and loss support, based on the intensity of their loss and their developmental need. • The program will also identify and assist the unique support structure of each child by using assessments (Strength based / Soft Skill Assessments) and a holistic approach. • When caring for real children the program will embrace diversity. By definition a holistic approach focuses on the “whole person”. Our vision for our wellness program is to cultivate a balance between Mind, Body and Spirit. In our model our Foster Parents will be aware of their health, stress level and most of all their self-care and reflective skills. This will decrease Caregiver Burnout. Foster children will reap the benefits of the foster parent’s involvement in our wellness program, foster children may wish to participate in activities. We will assist Foster Parents and their families by providing training in some of the following areas: • Self-care Training, • Nutrition Education, • Yoga, and Massage etc. • Understanding Behaviours and Management Techniques • Grief and Loss Healing Our foster children will have experienced significant loss and crises and consequently may exhibit some of the following behaviours: • Anti-social behaviours • Dis-regulated expressions of their feelings (eg: aggression, cruelty) • Personality Disorders (mal-adaptive patterns of behaviours) • Lack of real relationships • Arrested development (due to poor attachment and trauma) These children are at risk of having multiple placements and some may require extra support. Our highly trained Foster Parents will have fewer numbers in their homes, support from our system and thus minimizing the risk of movement and placement breakdown. PHILOSOPHY REAL PEOPLE FOSTER AND FAMILY SERVICES Inc. believes in building real relationships by evoking real change with challenging children and their families. 1. REAL is an acronym that we use to guide us in our philosophy. We will surround ourselves with people that: R - can develop healthy Relationships E - Empower A - are All In L - believe Learning is life long REAL relationships will also give the opportunity for continued connection, post-care. 2. Numbers - We will always tend to keep foster children numbers low in our homes as we believe foster families need to connect in a real way with the new child. In the case of sibling referrals we will always focus on the needs of the children first. 3. Grief and Loss – With latency children and beyond, a consultation assessment will be completed for every client by a qualified therapist with a view to having it prepared for the 30 day Plan of Care. We also recognize that foster parents experience loss, i.e. when children return to natural family or a breakdown occurs. Many times foster parents have high expectations with their foster children and become frustrated (e.g.: FASD children). 4. Life Skills / Soft Skill Assessment Tool - This informal strength-based assessment will be able to assess their functioning capacity in regards to life skills, executive reasoning, and needs. The assessment approach will be individualized according to the child’s characteristics (age, ability, cooperativeness, awareness). A report will be generated within 30 days with a view to having it prepared for the 30 day POC. 5. Family Case Management - We believe in a Model that uses a sensitive non-judgmental approach, is strength-based, and uses wraparound logic. The Family Case Management Model will assist us in establishing healthy communication when we are seeking information from their previous Caregivers and Natural Families. This model will also embrace children and youth returning to their Natural Families or Kinship care and assist in their preparation for adoption or their long-term fostering needs 6. Holistic Approach - We believe in an approach that balances the Mind-Body-Spirit relationship. We believe that all Foster Families could benefit from this balanced approach. This will include (Diet and Nutrition, Therapeutic Recreation, Yoga, Naturopathy, Dance, Creative Art, Massage Therapies etc). Dr. Bruce Perry has spoken at great length about the virtues of holism and especially about dance, art and therapeutic massage programs. They directly impact traumatized parts of the brain, aiding positive growth. 7. Relationships: We believe in maintaining genuine relationships with children and parents. This also includes our colleagues (Ministry, CAS’s and other OPR’s) such that we will be able to draw upon a large pool of experience. 8. Academic and Social development – Real People will build real relationships with community schools. Appropriate enrollment into academic program/curriculum designed to meet the needs and abilities of each child including any specific behavioural or social/emotional concerns.
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Would like to have you join us as we celebrate our GRAND OPENING Friday May 1, 2015 (2:00pm – 6:30pm) 800 Franklin Bvld (Building B, Suite 5) Cambridge, ON Please gather with us for some nourishment and story telling Please RSVP to Ray (416-879-4174) or Patrick (519-771-5556)
NEW and IMPROVED date... We’re looking for REAL PEOPLE To help us Foster Children in your area. Please JOIN US for more information as we host our first Foster Parent Recruitment Night Wednesday May 13, 2015 (7:00pm – 9:00pm) 800 Franklin Bvld (Building B, Suite 5) Cambridge, ON Please RSVP to Ray (416-879-4174) or Patrick (519-771-5556)
Since our opening Patrick and I have had such positive interest, support and energy from friends and colleague's and we would like to continue this trend with our next information session giving us an opportunity to meet more REAL PEOPLE that are interested in fostering and are wanting to learn more. Our next session is Tuesday November 10 and Thursday December 3 from 7-9 pm at our Cambridge office. Please call to let us know what day you would be interested in attending. Cambridge office location - 800 Franklin Blvd (Building B, Suite 5), Cambridge, ON Please RSVP to Ray (416-879-4174) or Patrick (519-771-5556) Are you a real person?and if YES, then you know what to do...and we will see you soon!
We’re looking for REAL PEOPLE to help us Foster Children in your area..... As we look forward....We are having a foster parent recruitment / information night at our office in Cambridge for anyone interested and wanting to learn more. There is no commitment to foster if you attend, it is information seeking only, we have options over the summer: Wed July 22 from 7 - 9 pm or Wed August 12 or Wed September 9 at our Cambridge office ......We also offer to come to your home to present an info session to you and your family and/or friends, especially if they also have an interest in fostering. Please call to make that arrangement or let me know what day you would be interested in attending. Cambridge office location - 800 Franklin Blvd (Building B, Suite 5), Cambridge, ON Please RSVP to Ray (416-879-4174) or Patrick (519-771-5556) Are you a real person?
We’re looking for REAL PEOPLE To help us Foster Children in your area.... this info session is for people who want to learn more as there is no committment to foster or refer a friend..... Wednesday JUNE 24, 2015............7:00pm – 9:00pm location - 800 Franklin Blvd (Building B, Suite 5), Cambridge, ON Please RSVP to Ray (416-879-4174) or Patrick (519-771-5556)