Child Intervention Services
Every child deserves a home where he/she is safe and nurtured. The Edmonton and Area Child and Family Services Authority can provide assistance to families with connecting to community resources, parenting support and accessing services to ensure the safety and well-being of children and youth are maintained.
If you are concerned about a child, have questions about parenting or need help with meeting your children's needs, contact the local office closest to you (listed on the back). A staff member will be happy to discuss what Child and Family Services can do for you, your family or a child or youth in need.
Intervention services include assessment, investigation and a range of services provided through two program areas:
Family Enhancement Program
Child Protective Services
The Family Enhancement Program (FEP) encourages parents and families to work directly with FEP workers and community resources to address the issues that brought the family to the attention of Child and Family Services. This program provides an option for lower-risk families to prevent the need for protective services. Ongoing screening and assessment ensures that children and youth remain safe in the family environment.
Protective Services are needed only when a parent cannot adequately protect a child from abuse and neglect. When a child's safety and development is at risk, Child and Family Services must become involved. This can include placement in foster, group or Kinship care until a permanent placement can be found. Financial supports may be available to individuals and families who provide a home for a child or youth in need.
Many services offered through Intervention Services are provided to children, youth and families by community-based agencies under contract to Edmonton and Area Child and Family Services. Contracted services include group care, foster care, foster care training and support program, supported independent living for youth, family support and assistance from clinicians and Elders.
Click here to look at the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act
To report a child in need of intervention services contact your local office or call 780- 422-2001 or 1-800-387-5437.