The Foster Care Program is based on the belief that a family is the best environment for raising a child. Foster care is a unique situation of temporary family-based care to children who cannot remain in their own home due to:
- child protection concerns or
- exceptional special needs or
- the birth family is unwilling or unable to assume full responsibility for the child
The goal of foster care is to return the child to his or her own family as soon as possible.
The supportive atmosphere of a foster home helps a child develop healthy self-esteem, values and behaviours. Foster parents play an important role by providing a temporary place for a child in care to call home and supporting the child through the hardship associated with separation and loss of family. Foster parents also ensure that a child's mental, emotional and physical needs are met and help maintain familial, cultural, social and religious ties.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, call us at 780-422-3333 or e-mail Region6.Caregiver@gov.ab.ca.
- Becoming a Foster Parent
- Foster Parent Mediation Program
- Resources for Current Foster Parents
- Financial Support for Foster Parents
- Caregiver Training Programs
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