September 22 2016 Response from Ministry of Community and Social Services’ (MCSS) on new Policy Directives for Service Aqencies Regarding the Host Family Program.

The ministry understands that families come in many forms and sizes, and the establishment of a cap on the number of placements in a host family home aims to promote and maintain a feeling of family, and to distinguish host family residences from other types of residential supports funded by MCSS, such as group homes.

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Stay Home for School Policy

The intent of the Stay Home For School Policy is to extend funding to caregivers so that they can continue providing a stable home to youth aged 18 to 21 who need additional time to complete high school. This policy came into effect on June 15, 2016. This will help to normalize a youth’s high school experience and also increase their likelihood of graduating from high school and building supportive and lifelong relationship with caring adults in their lives.

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Foster Parents Society of Ontario Annual Board Report -September 2016

The FPSO has worked on behalf of the foster parents of Ontario for over four decades. As the
field of Child Welfare continues to change and evolve in order to ensure the vulnerable children of
Ontario are well supported, served and protected. The FPSO Board has also continued to change and
evolve in order to represent and meet the needs of the foster parents of Ontario;
while the foster parents seek to best meet the needs of the children and youth in their care.

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FPSO Strategic Year Plan with Five-Year Financial Plan (2016)

FPSO will continue in providing a vision and advocate for systemic changes that will result in a more caring system that firstly benefits the children we care for and secondly the foster parents in the Province of Ontario that care for these most vulnerable children. FPSO will produce a five-year organizational strategic plan that to be reviewed with our FPA Presidents at least once a year for their input. FPSO will issue regular corporate updates to the Board of Directors between meetings to support and inform the board of the ongoing work that transpires between Director’s sessions. Following each Directors session a session report will be published to aid the FPSO Directors with informing the local FPA/FFA’s of board business and initiatives. FPSO will ensure the goals and objectives are achievable, measurable and quantifiable.

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Our Mission

To become the dedicated voice of foster families across Ontario: establishing bylaws obtaining charitable status registering a logo establishing a working relationship with the ministry of community & social services as well as OACAS planning and providing relevant annual conferences In those early years FPSO faced many challenges of a new corporation

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FPSO History

On June 22, 1973, the Foster Parents Association of Ontario was formed in Toronto at the Toronto CAS. The members were a group of Foster ParentAssociation’s representatives who met under the direction of the OACAS. This was the beginning of the FPA’s networking across Ontario. Initially, the FPAO had eleven (11) Regions whose representatives came from their foster parent associations or […]

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Everyday Magic Cookbook

FPSO is publishing “Everyday Magic” cookbook, Volume II. Help us by submitting your family’s favorite recipes. Fill out the form on-line and submit it electronically.  Be sure to order enough for all of your family and friends. Great gifts and also great to give our children for their first arpartment. Click here for Cookbook Recipe Submission sheet/order sheet.

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