Treatment Foster Care (TFC) families were celebrated at a recent event.

The TFC program held its annual appreciation social for the families in the south to show the Ranch’s gratitude for their hard work over the last year.

Lisa Neill, TFC program manager, said, “Our families work very hard to provide a safe and loving environment for our participants.’

She went on to say that the Ranch believes it’s important for those families to know how much they’re appreciated, and to receive recognition for their important efforts.

“It’s our opportunity to celebrate our families and let them know how grateful we are for them,” she said.

There are 12 families in Regina, Moose Jaw, and Caron. They were all present at the social.

Each family was called to the front where they were presented with a lovely bouquet of flowers and received applause in recognition of their commitment to improving lives.

Kate Langen, director of clinical services, spoke to the group to relay the importance and value the TFC families have on each and every child for whom they care.

The longest-serving foster family has been with Ranch Ehrlo for eight years. There have been three new families who just joined the program this year.

Everyone enjoyed the refreshments and camaraderie. There were some funny summer holiday stories, and everyone expressed their participants’ excitement at starting a new school year.

In addition to their flowers, they were also provided with the year’s training schedule including the two-day October course on the Four Seasons of Reconciliation taught by Jamie Lerat, Ranch Ehrlo’s Indigenous advisor. Every family will attend.

Ranch Ehrlo’s unique Treatment Foster Care Services have professionalized foster care with qualified foster parents who provide a loving and supportive family environment for children and youth with complex needs.

There are Treatment Foster Care families in the south as well as the north of Saskatchewan.