Peer Support Services

The Peer Support Services program offers foster parents two fantastic avenues to connect with an experienced foster parent for peer support.

On-call Peer Support – Call 1-888-845-1555

The On-call Peer Support line began serving foster parents province-wide on May 12, 2016. Foster parents can call a Peer Support Service volunteer after regular business hours:

  Wednesday      4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

  Thursday         4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

  Friday             4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

  Saturday        10:00 am – 10:00 pm

  Sunday          10:00 am – 10:00 pm

On-Call Peer Support may be helpful when…

  • You have question about the roles and responsibilities within the Department of Community Services, Mi’kmaw Family & Children’s Services, and/or the Federation of Foster Families of Nova Scotia
  • You are uncertain about something and would like to ask another foster parent about their experience or understanding of the issue
  • You want to talk about parenting strategies with someone who understands the unique needs of trauma-affected children
  • When you need to process your feelings around the complex emotional situations related to fostering. For example, helping children prepare to return to their birth family or transition to adoption

One-on-One Peer Support Services

New foster parents will be matched with an experienced Peer Support Services (PSS) volunteer who will provide regular contact and support. New foster parents can expect one face-to-face meeting with their PSS volunteer within 30 days of being matched, and will have regular contact with the PSS volunteer for six months.

 

We need YOUR feedback to improve our services!

Click here to evaluate our on-call support if you have recently called On-Call Peer Support

Click here to complete a one-on-one support evaluation if you have recently began or ended a one-on-one match with a volunteer.

 

Volunteer Online Forms:

Call Log

Communication Report

Monthly Contact Report

Expense Form