October 17, 2022 – Foster Family Appreciation Week is celebrated each year during the third week of October. It recognizes the important work foster caregivers do within the community, and their compassion for children and youth in care.

Helping families stay strong and successful is at the heart of FACS Niagara’s work. More than 93 percent of the children referred to FACS receive services and supports in their own homes. In instances where families require additional support and assistance, foster parents help by providing children with homes where they can continue to thrive and grow in a supportive, caring environment.

“Foster parents are extraordinary people, particularly throughout this pandemic when they have provided outstanding care amidst some very challenging circumstances,” says Anna Bozza, Executive Director of Family and Children’s Services Niagara. “With the support of foster parents, these wonderful children we serve are cared for while we all work towards family reunification.”

FACS Niagara has an ongoing need for foster families to support children and youth in the Niagara community. We are seeking families of all different ethnicities, cultures, religions to become foster parents and reflect the rich diversity of people living in Niagara. Being able to share in familiar traditions with a foster family can make transitioning into that family easier for a child.

“We are always looking for foster families to join our team and provide care for children and youth who need it most,” says Michelle Bernard, Director of Child Welfare at FACS Niagara. “By making a difference in the life of a child and opening your home to them, you’re not only changing their life, but you’re also changing your own.”

Community members interested in becoming foster parents can call the FACS Niagara team at 905-937-7731 ext. 3802 with any questions or to begin the application process.

This week, FACS recognizes and celebrates the invaluable work of foster families, and their support and commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children and youth.