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 - Nicole McFadyen
Nicole 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.
Nicole is new to the team and has been a Foster Parent Coordinator since November 2014. Nicole has worked with children and their families for over 21 years and is passionate about supporting Foster Parents and the work they do. Nicole is a Certified Child and Youth Care Counsellor and has experience in working with attachment and developmental challenges, adolescent addictions, workshop training and managing and developing programing supported by the Ministry for Children and Family Development.
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.
Executive Director: Joan Kirkbride
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.