Heart to Home
Consider Becoming a Heart to Home Foster Family
In Manitoba, 11,000 children are in care. Among the province's largest providers of specialized foster services, MYS is always looking for diverse and dynamic families to join Heart to Home, our family of caregivers. Indigenous families in particular are in high demand & integral to helping Indigenous youth heal and experience a real sense of belonging while also reclaiming their relationship with Mother Earth, Father Sky & all our relations.
MYS foster families throughout Manitoba provide safe & loving homes where kids 21 & under are nurtured and wrapped in critical supports that help them thrive and stay connected to their families, culture and communities.
Through a holisitic team approach, families, case managers, social workers, therapists, respite workers and others in a child's circle of care work together for the best possible outcomes. Special care is also taken to assess each home's characteristics, including its urban or rural setting, the availability of suitable school programs and the personalities of others living in the home.
Become a Heart to Home foster family in four easy steps:
- Complete an application with information on you and your family
- Meet us for an interview so we can learn more about you and you can learn more about MYS
- Participate in a home safety inspection and background checks for all adults living in the home.
- Through a series of questionnaires and interviews, we'll continue getting to know your family and expectations. MYS will then submit foster license applications for families who qualify.
"Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story."
Josh Shipp, Foster Advocate
Over 43 years, Ursula has opened her home & heart to more than 50 kids.
As a foster parent, she's given them unconditional love, supported them as they've worked to achieve their goals & helped them find their way.
An Indigenous woman, Ursula has something extra special to offer the kids in her care - a connection to traditional ways of knowing and being that can help ground them & give them a solid foundation for growth & healing. She's been mom and grandma to First Nations, Metis and Inuit children.
"Kids need to see themselves in their families," she says. "They need us to see the good in them and to see their potential. Every child deserves a chance and should have a safe place to call home - a place that will love you for who you are & accept you with open, loving arms."
Now 75, Ursula plans to retire when her final foster child returns to his home community. She hopes other Inidgenous families will take over where she leaves off.
"The knowledge of who they are and where they come from can make a huge difference in their lives," she says. "In return, you can be sure these kids will make a huge difference in yours."
For Heart to Home foster family applications or more info:
What does it take to become a Heart to Home foster family?
- Space: in your home to accommodate one or more children
- Time & Energy: to meet kids' daily needs (parenting, appointments, meetings, training & more)
- Understanding: of child development basics and the impact of trauma
- Commitment: from everyone in your home to ensure a safe and secure space where kids have opportunities to stay active and engage with family & community
MYS foster families have entire teams of support...
MYS will guide you through a process to ensure the best possible match between your family and potential foster children. A case manager will visit your home regularly and is always available by phone, text or email. Your team will also include respite support and more.
Plus, variety of training opportunities (including 20-plus hours required training annually) will enhance your skills and teach you everything you need to give children everything they need.
Extended supports for strong, resilient families
MYS is committed to reunifying families whenever possible and helping foster families with strategies to maintain contact and healthy engagement with children's biological families.
Annual evaluations and license reviews offer opportunities to improve your skills, while quarterly meetings provide a chance to network with other families & learn about new programs, supports and events.