04/12/2013 05:43 EDT | Updated 06/12/2013 05:12 EDT

N.L. government calling for training program for special foster care homes

ST. JOHN'S, - The Newfoundland and Labrador government wants to develop a training program for specialized foster homes for kids with complex behavioural or medical needs.

Charlene Johnson, minister of child, youth and family services, issued a call for proposals to develop the program for Level 3 foster homes.

They are approved foster homes with a stay-at-home parent who has knowledge, skills and training to care for children with special needs.

The deadline for proposals is May 13 and information is available on the government purchasing agency website.

Diane Molloy of the Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association praised the measure, which is part of the province's care strategy.

The plan is supposed to be implemented this year and includes initiatives to recruit new foster parents, compensation for certain for certain foster families and another call for proposals for Level 4 staffed residential placements.