Foster homes needed, especially for teens, adults with intellectual disabilities

Valoris for Children and Adults of Prescott-Russell has launched a new recruitment and retention campaign for foster families with the tagline: We All Have Something to Offer. This campaign, which starts in October in the Prescott-Russell area, will last for three years. The main goal is to recruit new families ready to welcome adults with intellectual disabilities, children and youth.

“The tagline of our campaign sets the tone: everyone can make a significant difference in the life of another person”, says Hélène Fournier, Executive Director of Valoris. People often forget we all have life experiences that can help someone else grow and be more confident. You just need to be aware of it and all of a sudden, you have the potential to help and support a child, teenager or adult in the region’’.

The campaign is being launched because the number of foster families has reached a low point in the region, especially for families who are willing to welcome teenagers and adults. However, Valoris wants to reverse the trend of the past years “The more we can count on a large number of foster families, the more we can make appropriate matches that meet the needs of the children, teenagers or adults who integrate those families’’, says Mrs. Fournier.

Not only does the new Valoris campaign aim to attract and recruit new foster families, but it also intends to strengthen the collaboration between Valoris and existing foster families.

“The commitment of foster families is gold. Because of that, we need to cherish the relationship we have with them. We must facilitate the collaboration and make it the less intrusive as possible”, concludes Hélène Fournier.

Valoris is in need of foster families, especially for those willing to foster teenagers and adults. For more information call 1 800 675 6168.


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