FAQ

  1. What age groups does Blue sky work with?

    Blue sky works with children as young as 1 day old to 21 years old.

  2. What are staff qualifications?

    A child and/or youth care worker prerequisites are:

    • Minimum of 3 years/30 courses of a university degree in social work (SW), education, psychology, sociology or a community college diploma in social sciences, criminology, early childhood education, community studies or therapeutic recreation
    • Current medical certificate
    • First Aid certificate
    • Clear record of conduct
    • Child Youth and Family Services (CYFS) record check
    • Excellent decision making skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Good communication skills both oral and written
    • Well developed supervision and program implementation skills
    • Caring
    • Enjoy working with others
    • Good work ethic
    • Possess a positive attitude while building a strong relationship with the children and youth in care
  3. What is a Program Manager?

    A Program Manager is one of the key coordinators within Blue sky. They are responsible for ensuring that the overall functioning of the homes run smoothly. They not only help to maintain a high quality of service but also play a key role in the development of the program planning for the child or youth. They also act as the liaison between the child’s social worker and the Blue sky office.

  4. What is a Home Supervisor?

    A Home Supervisor is dedicated to one home and ensures that the needs of the individual home are identified and well maintained. They are responsible for such things as scheduling and supervision of the staff in the home; ensuring the home is developmentally appropriate and safe; and meal planning.

  5. Who makes the rules for the house?

    At Blue sky we feel that rules are for safety only which means that the only time we use rules is to keep children or youth safe, for example; it is a rule to wear a seat belt in a car. Otherwise the Home Supervisor, Program Manager or Blue sky staff will talk to the child or youth and develop a list of expectations that they are encouraged to follow.

  6. Who is responsible for confidentiality?

    Blue sky takes confidentiality very seriously. All employees must attend the orientation session which outlines the importance and responsibility of respecting confidentiality, as well as sign a confidentiality agreement. Also, your family’s personal information is never shared without personal consent.

  7. Who will take my child to school and medical appointments?

    In most cases, family members are encouraged to help with school drop off and pick ups as well as attend medical appointments. A Blue sky child and youth care worker will ensure the child or youth arrives safely to and from school and/ or all medical appointments.

  8. If I have questions, concerns or complaints, who can I talk to?

    If you have any concerns, you are more than welcome to talk to any Blue sky employee but the Home Supervisor or Program Manager have detailed information about the home and the child or youth so they would be a good point of contact.

  9. Will I be part of the decision making process?

    Blue sky makes every effort to involve family members in the decision making process. In most cases family is invited to work with the program team to be an active participant in the care planning for the child or youth.