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ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017

2017 Annual Report

Fostering at York

Fostering at York

Kinship Service and Family Finding

If a child is not able to live at home, we look first to extended family to ensure wherever possible children are safely placed with family/kin or someone they know and are comfortable with. It is important that children remain connected to their circle of love and support and their community. Children are often cared for by a member of their extended family, for example grandparents, aunts/uncles. However, it doesn’t need to be a direct relative – it can be a member of the child’s community with whom the child has an established relationship, like a neighbour, teacher, coach, or member of their community. Thank you, kinship service caregivers, for all you do!

Family steps up to care for their daughter’s best friend

“Despite having four children, this kinship service family welcomed their daughter’s best friend into their family and have committed to care for her into adulthood. Savannah* had been through a lot in her young life and was struggling in foster care. She has stabilized and is daily improving since being placed with her kinship service family, with a lot of positive changes in a few short months. I think a lot of that has to do with her comfort level with this family and that they have expressed their long-term commitment to caring for her and raising her.”

Uncle and aunt raise infant born with significant medical needs

“Cassie* was born addicted to cocaine and methadone and underwent severe withdrawal symptoms. Her maternal family was dedicated to taking care of her despite doctors advising about possible developmental difficulties and long-term medical challenges. Despite the complexity of Cassie’s needs, her uncle took on the role of primary caregiver and her aunt works two jobs to support the family. Cassie is now four months old and is meeting all her developmental milestones. She has amazed all involved professionals with her development and progress. Her uncle and aunt remain committed to loving and raising Cassie and providing her with a loving and stable family home.”

*Names have been changed to ensure privacy.