Get To Know The Support To Family Care Team
The Support To Family Care Network program began in January of 2003 when Interior Community Services was successful in securing funding from MCFD to provide service to the Thompson, Cariboo, Revelstoke, Golden, East and West Kootenay areas. Several of our staff are long term and the trusting working relationships they have established with Foster Parents, community agencies, Delegated Aboriginal Agencies, First Nations bands and Ministry staff is the key to our program’s success.
Interior Community Services enriches the lives of individuals and families by providing integrated family support, individual life skills development and safe nurturing home environments designed to assist people to live to their potential in the community.
Who We Are:
We are proud to support over 600 Foster Parents in our service areas including approximately 250 caregivers fostering for Delegated Aboriginal Agencies and First Nations bands:
- Kari Bepple – Program Coordinator
- Renata Saat/Kari Bepple/Krista Sherwood – serves Ashcroft, Barriere, Clearwater, Kamloops, Lillooet, Merritt and Revelstoke
- Gerri Burleigh - serves Golden, Cranbrook, Creston, Invermere, Fernie & Elk Valley
- Marna Forsyth – serves 100 Mile House and Williams Lake
- Joyce Johnson (sub-contracted with ARC Programs Ltd.) – serves Trail, Castlegar, Nelson, Nakusp, and Boundary
What We Do:
- Deliver Pre-Service training to new Foster Parents or potential Foster Parents where needed.
- Support Foster Parent groups in each community as they build peers supports, identify goals and work on action plans to achieve those goals.
- Coordinate the delivery of the 53 hour Foster Parent Education Program for our communities.
- Help to strengthen retention of Foster Parents by offering relevant training to the communities served such as: Safe Babies, Non-Violent Crisis Prevention & Intervention (CPI), Working with Natural Families and Grief & Loss.
- Provide support during a protocol investigation or informal resolutions of issues meeting.
- Build community connections and partnerships to meet the needs of Foster Parents.
- Work in collaboration with MCFD, Delegated Aboriginal Agencies, First Nations communities, and other stakeholders where possible to meet the needs of the Foster Parents we serve.
- Offer opportunities for Foster Parents to establish mentoring relationships between experienced and new Foster Parents.
"How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."