Foster Parent Support Line:
Foster Parent Support Line
Call toll-free 1-888-495-4440
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday - 4:00 pm - 12:45 am
Statutory Holidays & Weekends - 8:00 am - 12:45 am
Other Fostering related sites:
- BC Ministry of Children and Family Development - Foster Care
- BC Federation of Foster Parents
- Foster Parent Support Service Society
- Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents
- Public Guardian & Trustee
- Okanagan Foster Parents Association
- Life Book info- please email usmaresource @ nuuchahnulth.org if you have life book links/info to share
- National Resource Center for Permanency (publications, web casts)
- Foster Parent College - online web courses (US based website)
- Infant Mental Health
- The Wishing Star - Dr. Vanessa Lapointe
- Middleton-Moz Institute - Jane Middleton-Moz books
- Youth Speak out zone- permanency for teens
- National Film Board- "Richard Cardinal Story..."
- Knowledge Network- "FASD Finding Hope"
Health & Safety
- Universal Precautions
- Emergency Preparedness Site
- Non-insured health benefits (NIHB)
- Period of Purple crying
- Red Cross, on-line courses, CPR training info.
- First Nations Health Council
- What is Domestic Violence?
- Suicide Prevention- MCFD
- Haahuupayak School
- School Distict 70 Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino, Bamfield
- VAST - Port Alberni alternate school
- School District 84 Gold River, Kyuquot, Zeballos
Child & Youth Links
- Erase Bullying
- Make Children First- Port Alberni
- FBCYICN - Federation of BC youth in care networks
- Odd Squad Videos
Links for Families
- Tillicum Haus - Nanaimo Friendship Center
- Laichwiltach Family Life - Campbell River
- Campbell River Family Services
- Coastal Family Resource Coalition Ahousaht, Esowitsa, Hitacu, Hot Spings Cove, Opitsaht, Tofino, Toquaht, Ucluelet.
- Community Living British Columbia
- Port Alberni Friendship Center
- Alberni Community & Women's Services Society
- Island Parent - Magazine
- BC Council for Families
Language/Food- Nuu chah nulth
- Nuu chah nulth Interactive Alphabet Tutorial
- First Voices: Nuu chah nulth
- Language Books
- Čamus- Cook Book
- Feasting Toolkit- 6 booklets produced by Uu-a-thluk
- Aboriginal Peoples Television Network APTN
Nuu chah nulth Nations websites
- Nuu chah nulth Tribal Council
- Nuu chah nulth Youtube Channel
- Ha-shilth-sa Newspaper
- Huu ay aht First Nation
- Huupacasath First Nation
- Tseshaht First Nation
- Toquaht First Nation
- Ucluelet First Nation
- Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations
- Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation
- Ahousaht First Nation
- Uchucklesaht First Nation
- Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k:tles7et'h' First Nations
Dididaht First Nation
Nuchatlaht First Nation
- Ehattesaht First Nation
Non-Insured Health Benefits: NTC website
- Minimum change of .5 diopter to change eyeglasses
- High index (thinner lenses) 7.00 diopters or more - The NTC CHS NIHB Program (cost may be lower than what is charged)
- 24 months for 18 years and up
- 12 months for 17 and under
- Physiological change related to physical need
Eye Exam frequency and Care Card
- Eye examinations limited to once every 24 months. The limit does not apply to persons under 19, over 65, or with a medical condition requiring more frequest examinations
- The NTC CHS Program now pays a maximum of $46.17 for eye exams for persons between the age of 19 and 64. Eye specialists and Optometrists may charge a range of $90 to $120 per exam.
- Hard Lens may be approved under the following criteria:
- Aphakia (post cataract surgery)
- Cornea Irregularities
- Astigmatism (inadequately corrected by eyeglasses)
Contact Lens for cataract surgery falls under medical care plan and currently only approves the hard lens as a replacement. There is a new state-of-the-art soft acrylic lens with a current cost of $300 per eye.
For CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) contact Vancouver Island District at (250) 595-1100
Medical Patient Travel
Community Level Patient Travel has to be accessed through the Community where you are resident. Away from home travel is administered through through your current community and they will access re-imbursement through the NIHB Program at NTC.
The Pacific Regional Guidelines medical patient travel sets out minimum benefits that must be provided to all Nuu chah nulth and members of other First Nations normally resident in their community.
The Medical Transportation Policy covers only "medically and legally" required travel expenses for the client and as medically required escorts.
The current minimum mileage is 25 cents per kilometre for unpaved roads and 20 cents per kilometre for paved roads.
Away from home travel requests administered through your community office will be reimbursements from NTC NIHB. Reimbursements will be strictly in accordance with the Pacific Region Regional Medical Patient Travel Guidelines.
Coordination of benefits is strongly enforced with other agencies, and only provided when a client signs a form assigning benefits to the First Nation in the amount of the assistance provided.
A client who feels the decision made within the Pacific Region medical patient travel guidelines are unjust to them have a right to appeal these decisions by going through the process in the policy and their community appeal panel. Contact your current community for further details.
Program under agreement with First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
Medical Equipment and Supplies
- Under administration and operation of FNIHB (1-800-317-7878)
- Requires a medical prescription, and if required an assessment to be forwarded to the appropriate provider for onward transmission to FNIHB Vancouver Zone for predetermination.
- Lifeline phone and monthly payment are not a benefit under NIHB Program
- Under administration and operation of FNIHB (1-888-321-5003)
- Does not cover for cosmetics
- Assistance given for Dental Braces coverage up to a maximum of $5500 when approved, if cavity free for 6 months
- Community prevention is strongly encouraged if there is a reasonable chance of transferring this program and staying within budget. A highly volatile and cost driven program
- Under the administration and operation of FNIHB Vancouver Zone
- The Prescription Drug Exception Centre is in Ottawa
- When brand-name and generic versions of the same drug are available, the NIHB program will pay for whichever drug has the lowest price. Generic drugs contain the same main ingredient as the brand-name original. Hospitals know the value of generic drugs, they have been using them for years instead of the more expensive brand-name drugs
- If a prescription is denied through the National NIHB Program you have the right to appeal this decision. the appeal begins with the Pharmacist advocating by sending an appeal electronically on a clients behalf to the Drug Exception Centre (DEC) Ottawa. they will in turn decide if they will process it through the clients family doctor requesting justification for the prescription medicine. the doctor completes a specific form and returns it to DEC Ottawa for a final consideration, at which time they will inform your pharmacy of the decision
Call 1-800-663-7100 or visit BC MSP Care Card web site.
Medic Alert - Membership Registration Application
Client gets an application from Band Office or their doctor's office and completes the form and forwards form direct to:
Canadian Medic Alert Foundation
2005 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario M2J 5B4
The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) is a voluntary, not for profit organization that provides services to anyone with a visual impairment, which cannot be corrected by ordinary lenses. CNIB is not a government agency. Thousands of people receive services from professional staff supported by volunteers within BC and the Yukon.
The CNIB Program offers the following services that are intended to minimize the effects of visual impairment and to learn from others who have had similar experiences:
- Counseling and Referral (Adjustment to Vision Loss)
- Rehabilitation Teaching (Enhancing Life and Skills)
- Career and Employment Counseling (Find Work)
- Orientation and Mobility (Learning Safe Travel)
- Technical Aids Service (Simple Product Solutions
- Library Services (Access to Information)
- Public Education (Brochures and Videos)
- Volunteer Services (Support and Assist)