Gateway Gazette

Thank You, Foster and Kinship Caregivers

Caregivers are recognized for opening their homes to children in need during National Foster Family Week – October 18 to 24.

Foster parents and kinship caregivers support some of Alberta’s most vulnerable children. They offer hope, support and compassion—sometimes in emergency situations, sometimes for years.

“Foster parents and kinship caregivers help connect children with family and community. These caregivers play an important role in supporting the well-being of Alberta’s children and helping families reunite. And I thank them for the important role they play in our communities.”

~ Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services

There are more than 2,000 foster homes and 1,400 kinship homes in Alberta, where children are cared for by extended family or someone the child knows well. About 3,800 children live in foster homes and 1,700 are in kinship care.

While foster parents and kinship caregivers are making a positive difference across Alberta, the Alberta government is always looking for more caregivers—especially Aboriginal caregivers and those willing to care for older children. Foster and kinship caregivers can be married, single, retired, working, and with or without other children. Alberta would also benefit from more experienced caregivers willing to be mentors to new foster parents and kinship caregivers.

Foster and kinship providers receive training, financial compensation and support to mentor and help birth parents, help children achieve success in school and help youth transition to independence.

“Foster parents help children feel supported at home and in the community. Our association commends these parents on these efforts and is committed to supporting them.”

~ Katherine Jones, Executive Director, Alberta Foster Parent Association

Anyone interested in or who has questions about becoming a foster or kinship caregiver should contact their local Child and Family Services or Delegated First Nations Agency office.

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