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FOSTER FAMILIES Foster kids get to see BC Lions Foster families were treated to some BC Lions football action

this fall, thanks to a partnership between the football club and B.C. government. Fifty foster families were in the stands at BC Place to cheer on the Lions as they faced the Edmonton Eskimos.The foster families also got a chance to go on the field before the game to watch the Lions' pre-game warm-up. For many of these foster children, it was their first-ever chance

to watch a professional football game. “It's pretty exciting for them – and for us as well,” said Stephanie Cadieux, minister of children and family development. Did you know there are 3,200 foster families throughout the

province who open their hearts to give children safe, nurturing and supportive homes when they are unable to be with their own fam- ilies?

Since 2006, the Lions, through their Courage for Kids program,

have been giving complimentary tickets to foster families. “Putting a smile on a young person's face is what this is all about,” said Jamie Taras, director of community relations for the Lions. Quick Facts on Foster Families:

— Foster family homes are the primary placement resource for children in care.B.C. has approximately 8,100 children and youth in its care. Of these, about 5,300 children and youth are placed with approximately 3,200 foster families throughout the province.

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— Thirty-two per cent of children in care who are adopted in B.C. are adopted by their foster family. — There is always a need for more foster families of all cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds so that children in care can main- tain their cultural and community connections. — Anyone, 19 years or older, who wants to share their home with a child in need can apply to become a foster parent. — Foster parents must be in good physical and mental health.

They receive training and undergo background, criminal record and reference checks. On average, the approval process takes three months.

— Once the approval process is successfully completed, new

foster parents sign an agreement outlining their responsibilities and complete the 53-hour B.C. Foster Care Education Program within two years. * There are different types of foster homes: — Restricted foster parents care for children they know or are re- lated to their family. — Regular foster parents provide care for up to six children of

varying ages and needs. — Specialized foster parents provide care for children with more challenging behaviour or developmental needs. — Interested in fostering? Call the toll-free Foster Line at 1-800- 663-9999 or

Inspirations Season’s

MUSICAL & DANCE EVENT Visited by Santa

Plus a shortened version of the Nutcracker Story MC’d by Mike Roberts

Sunday, Dec. 2 @ 3:00 pm at the

Rotary Centre for the Arts 421 Cawston Avenue

$25 + tax Adults, $10 + tax Students, Seniors & Children

Contact Lenses

Glasses and Sunglasses Optomap

Retinal Imaging

Comprehensive Eye Health Exams

Tanya Bakala, Artistic Director 250-764-2222

Dr. Westfall Dr. Kettner | 4-2070 Harvey Ave., Kelowna, BC Appts 250-860-2020 |

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