Valoris’ foster families and home-sharers wholeheartedly share their lives with children or adults to inspire and shape new experiences. A sense of belonging to a family can only exist in an atmosphere where individual differences are valued and prized, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open and rules are adapted. This is the heartwarming atmosphere that can be observed in foster families and home-sharers of Prescott-Russell.

In our community, the role of a foster parent is crucial. The commitment and investment shown by all members of the family unit in a foster family allow children and adults to have the opportunity to thrive and grow in a safe environment. The family members, including natural children, must share their family’s closeness and love with children or adults, who sometimes only cross their path temporarily.

Over the years, the definition of family has evolved to meet the changing times and to reflect the diverse population of today. In Ontario, the evaluation criteria for people who want to become foster families or home-sharers have also changed with time. Despite a busy lifestyle, it is possible for an individual or a couple to welcome someone in their home and family. Valoris sincerely believes that for every child and adult, there is a perfect family.

As part of National Foster Family Week (October 16 to 22), Valoris would like to sincerely thank all the foster families and home-sharers that make a difference in the lives of many individuals in our community. To celebrate, Valoris organizes an annual evening of recognition to acknowledge the outstanding work of foster families. During this memorable night, the organization recognizes the years of dedication of some families, ranging from five to 40 years of service, and celebrates the commitment of other families who are leaving for a well-deserved retirement.

Children, youth and adults of Prescott-Russell are waiting for families like yours. Share your interests, your values and your activities with them and make a significant difference in their lives.

For more information on the role of a foster family or to learn how you can make a difference, please call 1 800 675.6168.