The ‘Supports and Networking for Adoption and Permanency Planning’ program (SNAPP), formerly known as the ‘Special Needs Adoption Program’ has, since 1989, been an integral component of services provided to Central Okanagan children who are in the continuing custody of the Director of the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and have been referred to be considered for adoption and permanency planning. This program area is founded on the belief that all children need and deserve the opportunity to grow up in a family that can provide them with permanence and an unconditional, life-long commitment. SNAPP has expanded to include the South Okanagan and the South Fraser regions in recent years.
- The SNAPP program is a program of KCR Community Resources and is on contract exclusively to the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) for delivery of services.
- The SNAPP program usually receives referrals for children who are three years of age or older but on occasion will receive referrals for younger children who need some specialized transition work.
Duration of Services and Service Capacity
- SNAPP is a “permanency readiness” program.
- Children are visited regularly by their SNAPP worker, usually in their foster home,
- The SNAPP worker will engage the child in a variety of age-appropriate activities, including the building of a Lifebook, to support them in the sharing and recording their birth history, identifying feelings, addressing issues of grief and loss and explaining different types of families (birth family, foster family, adoptive family, etc.).
- SNAPP workers provide support to children, and their foster and adoptive/permanent families throughout the process of transitioning homes.
- SNAPP has the capacity to support 84 children at a time, 24 in the Okanagan region and 60 in the South Fraser region.
- When a SNAPP worker is assigned to a new referral, they will begin gathering the information necessary to share and record children’s history. As well, they will seek to build a relationship with the child and work to understand the child’s needs and interests so that effective planning and delivery of session work can be implemented.
- Scheduling of sessions requires access to the child’s foster home or a suitable alternate location on a regular basis.
- The SNAPP worker contributes to planning as adoption and other options for permanency are explored.
- When local placements occur, SNAPP workers will access the adoptive/permanent homes for follow-up sessions.