Okanagan Foster Parents Association

Okanagan Foster Parents Association provides education and support for Foster Parents of the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen.

We believe

  • Foster Parents are a key component of the Family Care Home system in British Columbia
  • Foster Parents need a variety of support services and educational opportunities in order to meet the many needs of Children in Care.
  • services for Foster Families need to be consumer-driven, community based, and honour cultural diversity

About Us 

  • contracts with Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to provide Support and Education to Foster Parents in the Okanagan, Shuswap, and Similkameen
  • is managed by a Board with Fostering experience
  • provides services through our Foster Parent Coordinators and Education Facilitators
  • works in partnership with MCFD, the BC Federation of Foster Parent Associations (BCFFPA), and the Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents (FAFP)

Foster Parent Coordinators

Foster Parent Coordinators support Foster Parents who have Family Care Agreements with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) in the Okanagan, Similkameen, and Shuswap

Your Foster Parent Coordinator Provides:

  • training and support
  • newsletters & email notices
  • information on MCFD policy
  • a library of resource materials
  • OFPA web site

We also provide help if you are:

  • experiencing difficult foster care situations or
  • going through the complaints / investigation process

Your Foster Parent Coordinator works with your local Foster Parents Association to make sure you have lots of opportunities to meet other Foster Parents.

We help MCFD with recruitment and act as liaison between them and their Foster Parents.

Shuswap - Judy Flintoff

Phone: (250) 253-4499
Email: Shuswap Foster Parents Support

Judy supports Foster Parents who contract with MCFD, Salmon Arm office. This includes Foster Parents who live in and around the communities of Salmon Arm, Sorrento, Sicamous, and Enderby.

During the course of raising their biological children, Judy and her husband were Foster Parents to two boys, one of which has remained a permanent family member, and now has a successful trade and family of his own. Judy loves the experience of working directly with Foster Parents who are endeavouring to build value into the lives of British Columbia’s Foster Children.

North Okanagan - Noelle Typusiak

The People Place
#301 -3402 27th Ave
Vernon, BC
V1T 1S1
Phone: (250) 558-0939
Email: North Okanagan Foster Parents Support

Noelle supports Foster Parents who contract with MCFD, Vernon office. This includes Foster Parents in and around the communities of Armstrong, Cherryville, Coldstream, Falkland, Lavington, Lumby, and Vernon.

Noelle has been the Foster Parent Coordinator for the North Okanagan since 2001. She has 18 years experience as a Foster Parent and as a board member for BCFFPA at the local, regional, and provincial level. Her work experience includes experience as a Psychiatric Nurse, Special Education Assistant, and Child Care Worker.

Address / Contact Info

The People Place
#301, 3402 - 27th Avenue Vernon, BCV1T 1S2

Phone Numbers

North Okanagan : (250) 558-0939
Foster Parent Support Line : 1-888-495-4440
After Hours Emergency Line : 1-800-663-9122
Fax : (250) 558-0939


Accessibility features: wheelchair accessible

Service Details

Languages spoken: English

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This program was last updated on 29 Nov 2016.