Foster Parent Coordinators
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 materialsOFPA 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 - Judy Flintoff
Phone: 250 253-4499
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
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 - Joan Kirkbride
Fax: (250) 868-9218
Joan provides support services to Foster Parents who contract with MCFD in Kelowna and area. This includes Foster Parents who live in and around the communities of Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland, and West Kelowna.
Joan has worked as the Foster Parent Coordinator since1993. Joan loves working with Foster Parents and has a well established relationship with caregivers and MCFD, as well as experience working with parent groups, managing programs, developing training and providing support. She has previous work experience as a teacher (B.Ed. degree) and Early Childhood Services Coordinator.
South Okanagan: Melanie Bokyo
Caregivers who contract with MCFD offices in Penticton, Osoyoos or Princeton access support services from Melanie. This includes foster parents who live in and around the communities of Kaleden, Keremeos, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Penticton, Princeton, Summerland, and Tulameen.
Melanie assumed the role of Foster Parent Coordinator for the South Okanagan in August 2013. Melanie has diplomas in Human Service Work as well as Addiction and Community Service Work. She has experience as a Level 3 Foster Home. Melanie has worked with troubled youth and addiction services and is passionate about support and positive change. She is focused on solidarity amongst Foster Parents that will create an invaluable network working towards these values.