Becoming a Foster Caregiver

“Foster Care is the temporary living arrangement made for a child when Children’s Services is unable to quickly locate and support suitable kinship care.

Foster care is the full-time, temporary care of a child in your home. Ideally, a child in foster care returns home to their birth family as soon as possible” –

If you are interested in fostering, you may submit a form to us below which will be provided to your local Children’s Services office.  They will assign a worker who will help you through the application process. 

To learn more about becoming a foster caregiver, including the application process, training, compensation and supports, visit:
Foster Caregiver Information (Links will direct you to the appropriate documents and pages on the AB Government website)

Basic eligibility requirements

“Foster caregivers come from all cultural and social backgrounds and are of any relationship status including common-law and same-sex relationships. Foster caregivers are part of a team that supports the best interests of the child – they’re mentors, caregivers, role models and support systems who will provide a temporary family environment for a child.

To apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  • resident of Alberta
  • at least 18-years old; the maximum age will be determined by the best interests of the child
  • in a stable relationship for at least 12 months prior to applying, if cohabitating
  • physically and mentally capable of safely caring for children with no major illness or trauma in the past 12 months
  • have a residence separate and apart from other caregivers
  • financially stable

Foster caregivers cannot:

  • have become responsible for an additional child in the past year, and/or
  • be currently expecting an additional child through pregnancy or adoption”

This information was retrieved from the government of Alberta website at the follow site address. For the most current and up to date information, please visit their website:


Become a Foster Caregiver