5/12/2022: Member Support and Information Recap

This month’s Member Support and Information Exchange Meeting covered Supervision Training opportunities, child and family legislation reform, BC budget consultations, Family Resource Programs, and CYSN transformation.

Member Support and Information Exchange meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of every month.
Upcoming meetings are: June 9th: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Support to Practice Supervision Training

Federation’s Support to Practice June cohort includes a full-day in-person session in Vancouver, on June 7th. Registration is open at www.fcssbc.ca/training. Contact catherine@fcssbc.ca for details.

MCFD Engagement – Child & Family Services Reform

MCFD is planning sector and community engagement on transforming child and family service legislation. MCFD is facilitating a session specifically for Federation members on Tuesday, May 17th from, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM via Zoom. Contact michelle@fcssbc.ca for details.

Select Standing Committee of Finance and Government Services

Each year, The Federation makes a written submission and presentation, recommending priorities for the next provincial budget. This year, we’re also asking members to join us and amplify issues that are important to the sector.

You can fill out a survey and/or make a written submission. The Federation is drafting our submission and will send it to members when complete, should any members wish to borrow our language for their own submissions. If you haven’t written a submission before and/or you would like to discuss how-to, contact any Federation staff.

Family Resource Programs

The Federation is working with a group of family resource programs to develop a survey to specifically look at how the ECE wage enhancement may or may not be impacting family resource programs. If you have started a family resource program, connect with Rebecca to be added to the survey distribution list, rebecca@fcssbc.ca. The survey will be sent out sometime in June to members who have identified as providing family resource programs on their membership renewal forms.

Children and Youth with Support Needs (CYSN)

The Federation, The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, Inclusion BC and the BC Association for Child Development and Intervention were given funding to support community development work regarding CYSN implementation. We are planning an information session for members for the end of June to discuss what this engagement process will look like and how we will incorporate learnings from early implementation sites. The info session date is being confirmed and will be sent to members prior to the event.

  • Members expressed issues with the way MCFD drew the service boundaries and the effect this will have on access (travel issues). MCFD has suggested concerned organizations should contact their MCFD Director of Operations. The Federation is also tracking this feedback.
  • Members shared that their staff are concerned about what the RFP process will mean for smaller organizations and those with strong ties to the community; this could destabilize agencies and communities.