The AFKA 2022 Awards nominations are underway! We at the AFKA believe in the importance of recognizing those who go above and beyond to provide children and youth in care with love, compassion and support. 

It is of utmost importance that we acknowledge these amazing individuals, who demonstrate commitment to, and unconditional acceptance of, the children and youth who they care for or support. Great caregivers and workers advocate and seek supports and services for the diverse needs of children, youth and families, including the nurturing of their mental, physical, and emotional well-being, involvement of natural family and connection to culture and heritage.

Do you know an amazing foster or kinship family, child intervention worker or family support worker? Consider nominating them for an award, for the amazing work they do, every day. 

*Please note that to submit a nomination, you will be asked for at least one (1) supporting reference. The supporting reference should not be someone residing in the same home, i.e., partner or spouse of person submitting the nomination*

Scroll down to learn more and to submit a nomination online today!

  • Be an active licensed foster caregiver(s) within the year of nomination
  • Have a minimum of 2 years fostering experience
  • Be an active member of the Alberta Foster and Kinship Association
  • Have not received this award in the past 5 years

The ideal nominee will:

  • Project a positive image of fostering
  • Encourage and be a support to other caregiver families
  • Be an advocate for children in their care and their natural families
  • Support cultural connections/heritage of children in their care
  • Have a positive rapport with the child intervention team
  • Continues to further their learning to best support the child(ren) in their care
  • Be an active approved kinship caregiver(s) within the year of nomination
  • Be an active member of the Alberta Foster and Kinship Association
  • Have not received this award in the past 5 years

The ideal nominee will:

  • Project a positive image of kinship care
  • Encourage and be a support to other kinship families
  • Be an advocate for children in their care and their natural families
  • Support cultural connections/heritage of children in their care
  • Have a positive rapport with the child intervention team
  • Continues to further their learning to best support the child(ren) in their care
  • Be currently employed in the field of Family Support Services within the year of nomination (Examples may include: family support workers, CSD workers etc.)
  • Have worked a minimum of 2 (two) years in Family Support Services
  • Be someone who works directly with foster and kinship caregivers
  • Have not received this award in the past 5 years

The ideal nominee will:

  • Project a positive image of social work as well as foster and kinship care
  • Encourage, empower and be a support to foster and kinship caregivers
  • Have a positive rapport with caregivers and workers
  • Be an advocate for foster and kinship caregivers as well as children and youth
  • Be patient, kind, empathetic and sensitive to the beliefs and values of others
  • Continue to further their learning through ongoing Professional Development
  • Be currently employed in the field of Child Intervention Services within the year of nomination
  • Have worked a minimum of 2 (two) years in Child Intervention Services
  • Have not received this award in the past 5 (five) years

The ideal nominee will:

  • Project a positive image of social work as well as foster/kinship care
  • Be an advocate for children and youth as well as foster/kinship caregivers
  • Have a positive rapport with caregivers and workers
  • Encourage, empower and be a support to foster/kinship caregivers
  • Be patient, kind, empathetic and sensitive to the beliefs and values of others
  • Continue to further their learning through ongoing Professional Development