This program aims to enhance the positive outcomes of foster kids in school, increasing their ability to form healthy relationships, enhance their comfort and confidence in social situations, and give their natural talents an opportunity to flourish.
Fostering Growth gives focus to the following initiatives
Our Neurofeedback training is the only one of its kind, serving kids in foster care in the province of BC. Neuro-feedback training optimizes brain function by helping the brain to re-organize and self regulate itself more efficiently. When this occurs symptoms and complaints such as inattention, anger, hyperactivity, anxiety, traumatic reactions, and depression naturally and effortlessly abate, thus allowing for greater information processing, increased memory, decreased anxiety, better self-organization and high degrees of self-control.
Art and Play Therapies provide safe methods for children to develop a capacity to deal with painful emotions and resolve issues in a calm and child friendly environment
Camp, Recreation and Cultural Exploration expands children's worlds and allows them to discover, whether it is about nature, fitness or cultural history and traditions.
Learning Club fosters a love for learning new concepts, encourages creative thinking, and creates a sense of mastery in areas of academics. It involves initiatives to assist with homework struggles and learning difficulties.
Sounds of Learning is a musical quilt of experience which involves one-on-one and group music tutoring and experimentation with recording and performing. Connecting kids with the culture of music and encouraging a child to find their "voice" of expression, leads not only to skill development but heals the heart as well.
Circles encompasses several strategies to teach social and life skills in a way that develops connection and peer support. The current strategies we are using include the James Stanfield Circles Curriculum and Be Cool Series.
Caregiver Support - Foster parents need help too. They have a lot on their plate and often feel isolated. Our staff work with them in groups and individually, so that they feel supported and encouraged. They are given feedback on parenting strategies that work with kids who have experienced trauma.