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November 2, 2009
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Honourable Doug Currie offers congratulations to PEIFFF on their Annual General Meeting
Social Services and Seniors
Foster families gathered at the PEIFFF Annual General Meeting and shared their stories, discussed challenges, and had the opportunity to hear from renowned expert Evelyn Wotherspoon, project leader at the Infant Mental Health and Family Law Initiative in Calgary. Ms. Wotherspoon talked about tools foster families can use in addressing behavioural issues in high-risk children.
“Foster families welcome vulnerable children into their homes and hearts every day. This was a valuable forum to support them as they protect and nurture Island children,” said Department of Social Services and Seniors Minister Doug Currie.
Newly elected PEIFFF President Wayne MacFarlane noted that the provincial support of foster parents on the Island exceeds most others across the nation. In addition, he spoke about the importance of the positive working relationship the PEIFFF has with government.
“The PEIFFF is encouraged by the supportive relationship we have with the Department of Social Services and Seniors. We look forward to educating foster families across the Island, and improving the promotion of foster care in the community,” said Mr. MacFarlane.
The PEIFFF works with the Department of Social Services and Seniors to educate foster parents, and inform government about issues surrounding fostering.
“We certainly value our partnership with the PEIFFF, and want to thank these families for their incredible commitment to welcoming children into their homes and caring for them,” said Minister Currie.