Becoming a Foster or Kinship Caregiver
Deciding to join the world of Fostering or Kinship Care is a big decision for you and your family. In Alberta, foster families can apply to foster with either the Government Foster Care program, Delegated First Nations Agencies or with one of the Contract Foster Care Agencies. An important first step for applicants, is to explore what support options are available to them when choosing the best fit for your family. Please scroll down to learn more about foster and kinship care opportunities in Alberta.
For more information on becoming a Foster/Kinship Caregiver, please visit the Provincial website at:
Provincial Phone Line: 1-844-957-0552
Provincial Email: FosterCaregiving@gov.ab.ca
Becoming A Kinship Caregiver
A kinship caregiver is an extended family home that has been approved to provide care for a child or youth who has come into the care of Children’s Services. The child will have a familial tie or a significant connection to the child or youth. (i.e.: grandparent, aunt or uncle, friend of the family)
If you want to learn more about becoming a kinship caregiver for a child or youth who has come into the care of Children’s Services, please contact your local Children’s Services office OR Delegated First Nations Agency
Foster with Children’s Services
To learn more about becoming a foster caregiver with Alberta Children’s Services, please submit a referral form below to attend an information session. We encourage you to visit the Alberta Children’s Services website; it has a wealth of information on foster and kinship care in Alberta, and supports available to caregivers.
Foster with a Delegated First Nations Agency (DFNA)
“First Nation, Métis, and Inuit communities play a major role in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of child intervention services…
…Child intervention services are delivered on Reserves by Delegated First Nation Agencies through 17 Agreements with 37 of the 48 First Nations in Alberta.”
The above information was retrieved from the following Alberta Government website. For this and more information about DFNA’s, for a listing of DFNA’s in Alberta and their contact information, please visit their page.
Foster with a Contract Foster Care Agency
There are a number of Foster Care Contract Agencies throughout Alberta. We encourage you to visit their sites to learn about their programs.
- Ben Calf Robe Society
- Catholic Social Services
- Closer to Home Community Services
- Crossroads Family Services
- Hull Services – Fostering Connections
- McMan, Youth, Family and Community Services Association
- Metis Child and Family Services
- Mountain Plains Family Services Society of Edmonton
- Pathways Family Services
- Unlimited Potential
- Woods Homes
If you are a Foster Care Contract Agency, and are not on this list, and would like to be, please email us.