Province funds foster parents’ CPR training

 The StarPhoenix

The province is providing more than $500,000 in an effort to provide certification in first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for foster families in Saskatchewan.

The training is now mandatory for all foster parents in the province in an effort to further enhance safety of children, says a news released issued Monday from the province.

One-time funding of $561,400 from the Ministry of Social Services will provide certification for about 1,200 foster parents (680 foster homes) across the province by spring of 2014.

The Saskatchewan Foster Families Association (SFFA) will co-ordinate, track and monitor training of foster parents with St. John’s Ambulance. The SFFA will also be responsible for recertification.

“The safety and well-being of children in care is our top priority,” Social Services Minister June Draude says in the release. “We are pleased to work with the SFFA and St. John Ambulance to help enhance the great work that foster families are already doing.”

“We are always striving to ensure that foster children receive the best care possible,” says Deb Davies, Saskatchewan Foster Families Association executive director. “This mandatory training will provide foster parents with the type of skills required to improve the outcome of emergency situations.”

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