About Us


Stepping Stones Foster Care

Stepping Stones Foster Care Inc. (SSFC) is licensed by the Ministry of Community, Family and Children’s Services to provide residential care for children and youth under the Child and Family Services Act and Licensing Regulations.  Yearly audits by the ministry and placing agencies ensures the compliance of the standards and our licence renewal.

SSFC first opened its doors on August 31, 2003.  Since that time, the organization has grown to be able to support up to 34 foster homes and provide care for 60 children at any time ranging in ages from birth to youth aging out of care (up to 24 years of age).  

SSFC is a community and family network that makes 24 hour service available to foster parents, children and youth in their home and those aging out of foster care.   Our overall objective is to support children in the child welfare system, to help them reach their potential as children and later, as productive members of society.  Our most precious resource is our children and we believe that through the provision of a stable, loving, and safe home environment, children and youth can  thrive and reach their full potential.

Along with providing the resources and supports for a positive experience in foster care, SSFC strives to ensure children and youth are not moved during their time in care. Too often children experiencing a normal reaction to their displacement and the trauma of a difficult home life are moved time and again.

SSFC believes moving children from placement to placement is often a failure of the foster care provider in providing support to foster parents and children to maintain the placement.  At times this means late night interventions, telephone support, assisting foster parents by providing them a behavioural consultant to respond with parenting tips, or to help foster children gain access to enhanced services, but whatever it means, Stepping Stones provides this as part of its foster care support, believing everything needs to be done to assist children and foster parents before a move is ever considered.

SSFC is committed to providing and promoting the wellbeing of every individual in our care, regardless of their life experience.  Through supportive in-house and community-based programs, we will endeavour to help each child and youth reach their full potential. We are also committed to our foster parents by providing ongoing support, supervision, and training, which empowers them to provide excellent care for the children and youth in their homes.

SSFC encourages cultural integrity and understands how important it is for Indigenous children to continue to experience their culture, even when they are in foster care.

We believe that our foster parents and staff must enable and empower the children and youth in our care to learn skills that will allow them to cope efficiently and positively in today’s society.  


 

About the Operators

The owners and operators of SSFC, Jodi Mosley and David Corkery contribute a combination of more than 60 years of experience to SSFC in working with children and youth in care.  They have developed strong working relationships with the Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) in Ontario with its largest demographics in the Ottawa and surrounding regions as well as Children and Family Services and The Department of Health in Nunavut. 


As a graduate of the Therapeutic Recreation Program at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario and his experience working in a frontline capacity and coordinating programs, David Corkery has extensive knowledge working with children in a treatment milieu. David has designed many innovative programs that build on children’s mental and emotional strengths in order to improve their overall behaviours.  As a former foster parent, David brings empirical experience in fostering children.  Presently, David continues to design programs and teach intervention techniques as a Foster Family Supervisor. Currently David sits on the board for Ontario Association for Residence Treating Youth (OARTY).


Jodi Mosley is a graduate of the Child & Youth Care Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, and holds Certificates in Behavioural Management Intervention, Drug and Alcohol Counselling, and Financial Management. She has extensive experience working with youth in a frontline capacity and at a supervisory level. Jodi has also had the opportunity to work in Iqaluit, Nunavut as Program Coordinator and Acting Manager of the Young Offenders Secure Facility Isumaqsunngittukkuvik for 6 years


During this time, she also held the position as Sexual Harassment officer for the Baffin Region. These opportunities allowed her to fully immerse herself in the community and gain a great understanding of the culture. Presently, Jodi consults foster families in the capacity of a Foster Family Supervisor and teaches behaviour management techniques to Foster Families and frontline workers. Jodi Mosley was a board member with YouTurn formally known as Eastern Ontario Youth Justice Association. Furthermore, Jodi has recently received her Advances Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate after completing training provided by the Alliance Against Modern Day Slavery and Ontario Trillium Foundation. 


Social Worker

Krysteli Needham is a full-time employee for SSFC. She is a Registered Social Worker (RSW), member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW), a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), a Play Therapy Intern (PTI) and member of the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy (CACPT), and a certified Child and Youth Counsellor (CYC).  She completed a Bachelor of Social Work at Carleton University after completing an advanced diploma in Child and Youth Work through Algonquin College. Furthermore she has specialized in the use of play-based therapy by obtaining her Child and Play Therapy Certificate through the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy, and continues to work on becoming a Certified Play Therapist for the Ottawa area.


Krysteli has training in Theraplay, Marschak Interaction Method, Puppet Assisted Play Therapy, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Collaborative Problem Solving, Gordon Neufeld’s Attachment Theory, Trauma Assessment and Treatment, Suicide intervention, and MindMasters. She has experience working with children and youth (aged 3-20 years) experiencing social, emotional, and/or behavioral challenges with a specialization in trauma, loss, separation, attachment difficulties, anxiety, mental health issues, ADHD and other learning disorders, autism and other developmental concerns.


 Office Administration 

Joanne Daniels has been a wonderful addition to our team.  She is our office administrator and keeps us all on our toes!!!  Her flare for words and her writing skills allows her to write amazing reports.  


Child and Youth Workers

SSFC Child and Youth workers help facilitate personal, social and educational growth in young people to help them reach their full potential in society. At its core, Stepping Stones youth work is about the relationship and conversations built up between a youth worker and a young person.

The Youth workers' roles vary greatly, but in addition to working with young people face-to-face, typical activities involve: ·       


  • managing and administering youth and community projects and resources;
  • assessing the needs of young people, and planning and delivering programmes related to areas such as health, fitness, smoking, drugs, gangs, violence, relationships and bullying;
  • regularly monitoring and reviewing the quality of the local youth work provision;
  • running arts-based activities, community/environmental projects, residential activities, outdoor education and sporting activities;
  • befriending and supporting individuals in various settings, including outreach work;
  • mentoring, coaching and supporting individuals to facilitate personal, social and educational growth in young people as well as encouraging greater social inclusion;
  • working in partnership with professionals from other organizations that support young people such as social care, health, police, education, youth offending teams and local authorities;
  • attending and contributing to multi-agency meetings that bring together practitioners from different sectors as part of a team around the family;
  • attending regular training and development opportunities to maintain an up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding, health and safety and local policy developments;
  • recruiting, training and managing staff, including volunteers;
  • undertaking administrative tasks, maintaining effective recording systems and responding to queries;
  • working with parents and community groups to win support for improved provision and acting as an advocate for young people's interests;
  • identifying and pursuing sources of funding for projects to improve services and/or resources for young people;