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Dedicated families

Dear editor:

Oct. 17-24 is designated as Foster Family Appreciation Week. It is a week to extend our thanks to the many people who provide substitute care to children that need it.

We currently have 31 foster families in Rainy River District who offer a great deal of commitment and care to the families and children of our district. Without the dedication of these families, we would not be able to provide care to children who desperately need it.

Children often require substitute care as a result of some difficult family situation where the child has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed. Taking in children who come from difficult situations can be difficult on the entire foster family, including their friends and extended family.

Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario provide care for more than 22,973 children annually. During Canadian Foster Family Appreciation Week, more than 5,651 foster families will be recognized for their valuable contributions to the agencies, families, and children they work with.

Fostering is a difficult but rewarding job that requires a great deal of commitment, compassion, and energy. This week is a tribute to our foster families who are vital to our work at Family and Children’s Services and our community.


Shanna Weir

Foster Care co-ordinator

Family and Children’s Services

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