Foster Homes by Geographic Areas in British Columbia (total 3,255 in 2011)

(sorted by descending order)

Surrey 224 Mission 77 Courtenay 47 Smithers 27 Trail 20 Powell River 10
Central Okanagan 166 Cowichan 77 Vancouver Island North 45 Terrace 27 Fernie 18 Queen Charlotte 9
Greater Victoria 146 Richmond 72 Burnaby 41 Nelson 26 Ladysmith 18 Enderby 9
Kamloops 137 Vernon 66 Penticton 41 100 Mile House 25 New Westminster 17 Revelstoke 9
Chilliwack 129 North East 64 North Van 38 Southern Okanagan 25 Summerland 16 West Van-Bowen Island 9
Abbotsford 124 South Van 57 Howe Sound 35 Downtown Eastside 24 Westside 16 Kitimat 9
Langley 119 Alberni 54 Saanich 34 Hope 23 Agassiz-Harrison 16 Creston 8
Sooke 104 Campbell River 53 Quesnel 33 Merritt 23 Prince Rupert 15 Central Coast 8
Nanaimo 99 Cariboo-Chilcotin 52 South Surrey/White Rock 32 Peace River South 23 Grand Forks 15 Bella Coola Valley 8
Maple Ridge 92 Delta 51 Midtown 31 Castlegar 22 Nechako 12 Fort Nelson 8
Coquitlam 89 Sunshine Coast 51 Qualicum 27 Armstrong-Spallumcheen 22 Burns Lake 12 City Centre 8
Prince George 79 Salmon Arm 47 Peace River North 27 Cranbrook 21 Lillooet 11 Windermere 8
North Thompson 6
Princeton 6
Golden 6

Source: How Many Foster Families in Your Community? (Foster Family Month 2011 published by MCFD)

Implications of These Data

  1. The average foster home annual income from foster fees paid by MCFD (using 2007/08 fiscal year figure, the most current information at our disposal) is $112,538,403/3255 = $34,574.01. This is a fairly good income in view of the fact that many, or perhaps even most, of these foster parents have no other job skills.

    In MCFD's FAQ on foster care web page, foster care is not employment. It is hard to find a community service that pays a steady and government-guaranteed income over $34,000 a year. We will leave it to our browsers to decide whether running a foster home is a business or a community service.

  2. If there are 5,900 foster kids (provided in the heading of the aforesaid source document), the average number of kids warehoused per foster home is 5,900/3,255 = 1.81.

  3. According to page 21 in the report "Residential Review Project Phase One Findings Report" published by MCFD in June 2011, the total number of children in government care was 10,181 in 2010. The rest are likely classified in group homes (a common warehousing facility less well known to the public) or with relatives.

  4. It appears that there is a negative correlation between the number of foster homes in these geographic areas and the average household income in the area, namely more foster homes in poorer areas. This is consistent with our observation and can be confirmed by running a regression analysis if the average household incomes in these areas of the same time period are available. The result will likely agree with our view that poorer people are more attracted by MCFD's financial incentives to become foster parents. This will in turn lend support to our theory of financial motivation.