Spark a Life.... !
It takes one connection to change the pathway of a child. Be the light to a child with a darkened life.
Through trained Intensive Support Families, Bluewater provides family-based, individualized, responsive, safe, and trauma-sensitive (FIRST) care for troubled children. At Bluewater, there is an uncommon commitment from staff and Intensive Support Parents to caring for troubled children and youth in family homes. While family may have torn them apart, we believe only family can put them back together.
While our foster families are the 'real' experts in the care of our children, our professional team of social workers and human service professionals is led by a clinical social worker who was a foster mom for more than twenty-five years and an Executive Director who has been in the field since 1986.
We have two programs to help local, public child welfare foster care programs address the multitude of needs of the children in their care. FIRST is a specialized placement program intended to provide out of home placement for any child whose needs exhaust families in public child welfare.
The IFC (Intentional Foster Care) program is a specialized foster care response to address the needs of the young people in the child welfae system who are stuck in troubling cycles of negative behaviour and misconduct and who appear unable to move forward. It is meant for youngsters who seemingly don't get better despite everyone 's best efforts to accomplish this goal..
Both Bluewater programs are intended for children whose needs are not adqately addressed by the public child welfare system. Our programs are co-ed: about 45% are girls, 55% boys. The average youth's age on admission to a Bluewater program is almost 10 with an ACE score of 2 or greater.
Children in the specialized placement program (FIRST) typically have quite unique needs. They are often children with multiple, co-morbid issues. Frequently, youngsters in the specialized placement program struggle with attachment concerns and issues of emotional regulation. Our FIRST youngsters may have developmental challenges and/or physical handicaps that are difficult to address in public child welfare. In a few words, they are the youngsters for whom public child welfare has struggled to provide a satisfactory out of home placement. We have admitted newborn, drug-addicted infants to this program. We have admitted teenaged autistic youngsters with mental health concerns to this program. The FIRST program provides specialized placements for a wide range of youngsters and their concerns.
Children in the Intentional Foster Care (IFC) program often display evidence of a serious emotional disturbance (SED) and/or demonstrate other remarkably concerning behaviours. They often have problems functioning and struggle to face the significant family issues that have resulted in their placement outside the home, (often in multiple foster homes and residential treatment prior to the referral to Bluewater). They are frequently young people with impaired attachments to others, affect regulation and modulation challenges, and with beleaguered and easily exhausted, social competencies.