Alternative Parent Homes & Purple Martin
Alternative Parent Homes and the Purple Martin program offer specialized short and long-term foster care for children and youth 21 and under who experience behavioural challenges and require special supports. The Purple Martin program is a partnership with Winnipeg Child and Family Services.
Emphasizing the importance of a holistic team approach, foster parents, case managers, therapists, child and family service social workers, respite/support workers, in-home facilitators and other professionals work together to address each child's needs.
Specialized care is an integral aspect. Therapists, psychologists, and occupational resources are available to help the team with ongoing care and therapeutic programming that includes a kids' social club. Foster parents are selected based on experience, skills, the ability to understand and parent kids with multiple needs, and their commitment to the kids in their care. MYS provides foster parents with ongoing training to enhance your skills.
Alternative Parent Homes Northern
Specialized foster homes in The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation and Thompson offer full-time care providers with special skills to meet the needs of kids and youth 21 and under with emotional, behavioural, social and/or medical challenges that require higher levels of support and supervision.
Recognizing the importance of matching kids and youth with foster families that meet their unique needs, special care is taken to assess each home's characteristics, including its setting (rural or urban), the availability of suitable school programs as well as the personalities of biological children or other foster kids also living in the home.
The primary goals for these homes is:
- to create greater stability through personalized care plans that address the needs of all children in the home.
- to provide each child and youth with a foundation to achieve their potential and succeed as independent adults.