Consider Becoming a 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 & dynamic families to join our family of caregivers. Indigenous families in particular are in high demand & integral to helping Indigenous youth heal & 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 & wrapped in critical supports that help them thrive & stay connected to their families, culture & communities.
Through a holisitic team approach, families, case managers, social workers, therapists, respite workers & 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 & the personalities of others living in the home.
Get started in four easy steps:
- Complete an application with information on you & your family
- Meet us for an interview so we can learn more about you & you can learn more about MYS
- Participate in a home safety inspection & background checks for all adults living in the home.
- Through a series of questionnaires & interviews, we'll continue getting to know your family & 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 & being that can help ground them & give them a solid foundation for growth & healing. She's been mom & grandma to First Nations, Metis & Inuit children.
"Kids need to see themselves in their families," she says. "They need us to see the good in them & to see their potential. Every child deserves a chance & 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 & 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 foster family applications or more info:
What does it take to become a 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 & the impact of trauma
- Commitment: from everyone in your home to ensure a safe & secure space where kids have opportunities to stay active & 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 & potential foster children. A case manager will visit your home regularly & is always available by phone, text or email. Your team will also include respite support & more.
Plus, variety of training opportunities (including 20-plus hours required training annually) will enhance your skills & 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 & helping foster families with strategies to maintain contact & healthy engagement with children's biological families.
Annual evaluations & license reviews offer opportunities to improve your skills, while quarterly meetings provide a chance to network with other families & learn about new programs, supports & events.