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Okanagan Foster Parents Association

Proud to support Foster Parents of the Okanagan, Similkameen, and Shuswap

Foster Parent Coordinators support Foster Parents who have Family Care Agreements with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) in the Okanagan, Similkameen, and Shuswap

    Your Foster Parent Coordinator Provides:
    • training and support
    • newsletters & email notices
    • information on MCFD policy
    • a library of resource materials
    • OFPA web site

    We also provide help if you are:
    • experiencing difficult foster care situations or
    • going through the complaints / investigation process

    Your Foster Parent Coordinator works with your local Foster Parents Association to make sure you have lots of opportunities to meet other Foster Parents.

    We help MCFD with recruitment and act as liaison between them and their Foster Parents.

    coordinators 2015

    Shuswap - Judy Flintoff

    Phone: 250 253-4499
    Email: Shuswapsupport

    Judy supports Foster Parents who contract with MCFD, Salmon Arm office. This includes Foster Parents who live in and around the communities of Salmon Arm, Sorrento, Sicamous, and Enderby.

    During the course of raising their biological children, Judy and her husband were Foster Parents to two boys, one of which has remained a permanent family member, and now has a successful trade and family of his own. Judy loves the experience of working directly with Foster Parents who are endeavoring to build value into the lives of British Columbia’s Foster Children.

    North Okanagan - Noelle Typusiak

    #301 -3402 27th Ave, (The People Place)
    Vernon B.C. V1T 1S1
    Phone: 250-558-0939
    Email: NOKsupport

    Noelle supports Foster Parents who contract with MCFD, Vernon office. This includes Foster Parents in and around the communities of Armstrong, Cherryville, Coldstream, Falkland, Lavington, Lumby, and Vernon.

    Noelle has been the Foster Parent Coordinator for the North Okanagan since 2001. She has 18 years experience as a Foster Parent and as a board member for BCFFPA at the local, regional, and provincial level. Her work experience includes experience as a Psychiatric Nurse, Special Education Assistant, and Child Care Worker.

    Central Okanagan - Catrina Roderick

    Phone: 250-870-8991
    Email: COKsupport

    Catrina provides support services to Foster Parents who contract with MCFD in the Central Okanagan. This includes Foster Parents who live in and around the communities of Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland, and West Kelowna.

    Catrina is new to the team and has been a Foster Parent Coordinator since March 2015. She has worked with children and their families for over 12 years and is passionate about supporting Foster Parents and the work they do. Catrina is a Certified Child and Youth Care Counsellor with a BSC in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She has training and experience in working with attachment, trauma and developmental challenges, workshop training and managing and developing programing supported by the Ministry for Children and Family Development.
    Catrina enjoys supporting Foster Families in the Central Okanagan.

    South Okanagan: Leann Pitman

    Phone: 250-462-6907
    Email: SOKsupport

    Caregivers who contract with MCFD offices in Penticton, Osoyoos or Princeton access support services from Leann. This includes foster parents who live in and around the communities of Kaleden, Keremeos, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Penticton, Princeton, Summerland, and Tulameen.

    Leann started as the Foster Parent Coordinator for the South Okanagan in March of 2015. Leann has worked as a social worker and advocate, and has a background in psychology. Leann is also a horse nut and certified riding instructor and is well known for her therapeutic work with riders of all ages and abilities. Leann has worked with non-profits and community groups for more than 20 years and truly enjoys supporting others along their journey in any way that she can.

    Executive Director: Joan Kirkbride

    Email: ExecDir

    As Executive Director Joan is responsible for the successful leadership and management of OFPA. She supported Foster Parents in the Central Okanagan, as their Foster Parent Coordinator, from 1993 to 2014. Joan has a well-established relationship with caregivers and MCFD, as well as experience working with parent groups, managing programs, developing training and providing support.