March is National Social Work Month, and the British Columbia Association of Social Workers celebrated Social Work Week from March 8 to 14.
To mark the occasion, the Foster Parent Program Recruitment, Retention, and Support worker for the Northeast region, Lacy Drodge, along with the Ministry of Children and Family Development, are putting on pre-service orientations for those interested in becoming foster parents.
Aside from Drodge, there will also be workers from the Ministry of Children and Family Development, as well as other foster parents in attendance, to field questions and give firsthand information on what prospective foster parents can expect.
“It’s a full day,” said Drodge, who works out of Fort St. John Community Bridge. “You learn about the system, how fostering works, what’s it going to look like when you become a foster parent, and where you fit in the system. And then if you feel like it is still something you want to do, then you actually apply, and there are steps you have to follow for that.”
She services the entire Northeast, from Fort Nelson to Tumbler Ridge and everything in between, including Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Pouce Coupe and Fort St. John.
“If they need any help, any support, any after hours support they can call me,” she said.
If a family wishes to know more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Drodge would line up that training and education. If they want to talk to another foster parent, she connects them.
“Networking between the foster parents is really, really important so they don’t feel alone.”
Drodge said that bringing awareness to social work in general is also important.
“You have social workers in your school, in your hospital — they’re everywhere. It’s really important to recognize the work that social workers do in our community.”
The events, running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be held in Dawson Creek on April 18 from and in Fort St. John on May 2.
To find out more, or to register for a session contact Lacy Drodge at 250-785-6021 ext. 235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.