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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.



    Shuswap - Carmen Point

    Phone: 250 515-1522
    Email: Shuswapsupport

    Carmen 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.

    Carmen and her husband have been foster parents for the past eleven years and have two biological children of their own. They have had the privilege of adding some great long term children to their family through fostering. Carmen believes strongly in fostering and enjoys sharing that passion with others.


    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 as a Psychiatric Nurse, Special Education Assistant, and Child Care Worker.

    Central Okanagan - Cyndee Sapiano

    Phone: 250-870-8991
    Email: COKsupport

    Cyndee 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.

Cyndee joined OFPA in August 2017. She has a a profound passion for children, youth and families and has spent the last 25+ years working within this field in a variety of capacities including fostering. Cyndee has a personal interest in childhood abuse and trauma, attachment, mental health, intellectual and learning disabilities. Although she has a diploma in Early Childhood Education, and a degree in Child and Youth Care, she believes it’s her life experiences (the good, bad, and ugly) that define her and make her a perfect fit for this position.


    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.